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This week in big-time campaign cash

By Josh Richman
Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 5:25 pm in campaign finance, Elections, General.

$25,000-and-up contributions to California campaigns and committees, which skyrocketed last week, continued in a mighty flood this week with just days to go before the election. This is my roundup as of about 5 p.m.; I’m sure they’ll continue to roll in…

The highlights in brief:

Tons of money moved for and against Proposition 8 this week, including a tide of cash from Mormons and out-of-state donors supporting the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Chesapeake Energy anted another $1 million — bringing its total so far to $3 million — for Proposition 10, the alternative fuels intiative from which it stands to make a bundle (though its ante is still chump change next to the $18.75 million put up by Prop. 10 proponent T. Boone Pickens‘ Clean Energy Fuels Corp.)

A whole lot more incumbent or otherwise safe Democratic candidates continued tithing money back to the state party.

And children’s hospitals across California made a last-ditch effort to prop up Proposition 3, the Children’s Hospital Bond Act.

Details after the jump…

Yes on Prop. 8, the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

  • $1 million — WordPerfect Corp. cofounder and former Mormon mission president Alan Ashton; Lindon, Utah
  • $250,000 — J&L Consulting Inc. owner and Mormon Church elder John Dalton; Yorba Linda
  • $250,000 — Fieldstead & Co.; Irvine
  • $200,000 — EsNet Ltd. investment manager David Moon; Alpine, Utah
  • $200,000 — U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Washington, D.C.
  • $100,000 — Roger Bayer of the Byron Company; Salt Lake City, Utah
  • $100,000 — Fort Ranch co-owner Belinda Vandersloot; Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • $100,000 — Crystal Springs Foundation president Mike Murray; Redmond, Wash.
  • $100,000 — Focus on the Family; Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • $100,000 — Dr. Josephine Templeton; Bryn Mawr, Pa.
  • $100,000 — Michele Adams Watterson, Watermark Investments; Cache, Utah
  • $100,000 — Katharine Garff; Bountiful, Utah
  • $100,000 — The Vineyard Group; Mesa, Ariz.
  • $50,000 — Rachel Weidman; Dallas, Texas
  • $50,000 — Thomas Bengard; San Clemente
  • $50,000 — Fenwal Blood Technologies CEO Ron Labrum; Libertyville, Ill.
  • $50,000 — Thermo King Northwest consultant Donald Pugh; Bellevue, Wash.
  • $50,000 — Mormon Church leader’s wife Verla Sorenson; San Diego
  • $49,000 — Sorenson Capital managing director Fraser Bullock; Alpine, Utah
  • $49,000 — Huntsman Gay Capital Partners managing director Robert Gay; Wellington, Fla.
  • $30,000 — ContentWatch Inc. chairman Brent Bishop; Farmington, Utah
  • $30,000 — WSJ Properties partner and Mormon Church leader Richard Jacobsen; Palo Alto
  • $25,000 — WSJ Properties partner and Mormon Church leader Boyd Smith; Pebble Beach
  • $25,000 — Boston Consulting Group vice president Kermit King; Chicago
  • $25,000 — KBS Realty Advisors cofounder/CEO Chuck Schreiber Jr.; Laguna Hills
  • $25,000 — Jill Schreiber; Laguna Hills
  • $25,000 — Dell Inc. marketing manager Spencer Wheelwright; Austin, Texas
  • $25,000 — Richard Platt, Plateau Partnership; Prosper, Texas
  • $25,000 — developer Ross Farnsworth; Maricopa Mesa, Ariz.
  • No on Prop. 8

  • $1 million — Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Services Center
  • $100,000 — Apple Inc.; Austin, Texas
  • $100,000 — Baroda Ventures LLC managing member David C. Bohnett; Los Angeles
  • $100,000 — Ecotravel.com co-founder Laura Ricketts; Chicago
  • $50,000 — management consultant and former E-Trade president/COO Kathy Levinson; Los Altos
  • $50,000 — Live Nation; Beverly Hills
  • $50,000 — investor and philanthropist David Gelbaum; Newport Beach
  • $50,000 — Monica Gelbaum; Newport Beach
  • $26,859 — Crew Creative Advertising; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — Girardi & Keese; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — National Association of Social Workers California Chapter; Sacramento
  • (Several organizations also consolidated money they’d collected to oppose Prop. 8 into the main “No on 8″ fund this week: $700,000 from Equality California in San Francisco; $425,000 from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California in San Francisco; $60,000 from the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco; $30,000 from Californians Against Elimination of Basic Rights in San Leandro; and $25,000 from the Task Force California Committee.)

    Yes on Prop. 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure

  • $500,000 — Gov. Schwarzenegger’s California Dream Team; Burbank
  • $100,018.10 — Netflix Inc. chairman/CEO Reed Hastings; Santa Cruz
  • $100,000 — California Forward; San Rafael
  • $100,000 — Zenith Insurance Co.; Woodland Hills
  • $75,000 — AutoNation Inc.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • $50,000 — Eagle Creek Capital managing partner and former U.S. Ambassador to Austria Susan R. McCaw; Kirkland, Wash.
  • $50,000 — Pacific Capital Group chairman Gary Winnick; Beverly Hills
  • $35,000 — Qualcomm Inc.; San Diego
  • $25,000 — New Majority California PAC; San Rafael
  • $25,000 — NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co.; San Francisco
  • $25,000 — AEG/Staples Center president/CEO Timothy J. Leiweke; Los Angeles
  • No on Prop. 11

  • $100,000 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $100,000 — Assembly Speaker Karen Bass’ Strengthening California Through Leadership committee
  • $50,000 — State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata’s Leadership California committee
  • $25,000 — State Building and Construction Trades Council; Sacramento
  • Yes on Prop. 3, authorizing almost $1 billion in bonds to be repaid from state’s General Fund to pay for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children’s hospitals

  • $25,000 — Children’s Hospital Central California; Madera
  • $25,000 — Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland; Oakland
  • $25,000 — Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Orange
  • $25,000 — Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Loma Linda
  • $25,000 — Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford; Palo Alto
  • $25,000 — MemorialCare Medical Centers; Fountain Valley
  • $25,000 — Rady Children’s Hospital; San Diego
  • No on Prop. 5, which would expand state funding and oversight for treatment and rehab programs for nonviolent drug offenders and parolees while reducing criminal penalties and limiting courts’ authority to lock up offenders who violate probation or parole

  • $250,000 — former Univision chairman and CEO Jerry Perenchio; Los Angeles
  • $238,000 — California Republican Party
  • Yes on Prop. 5

  • $400,000 — investor Jacob D. Goldfield; New York City
  • Yes on Prop. 2, which would prohibit confinement of certain farm animals in ways that don’t let them turn freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs

  • $50,000 — Santa Catalina Island Co. chairman Paxson H. Offield; Avalon
  • $50,000 — philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt; Palo Alto
  • $33,000 — Stanford student Lucinda Southworth, wife of Google cofounder Larry Page; Palo Alto
  • $30,000 — sociologist Irene Crowe; Chevy Chase, Md.
  • $30,000 — Pettus-Crowe Foundation; Chevy Chase, Md.
  • No on Prop. 2

  • $75,000 — Olivera Egg Ranch LLC; San Jose
  • $26,052.75 — SKS Enterprises Inc.; Lodi
  • $25,000 — Hilmar Cheese Company Inc.; Hilmar
  • Yes on Prop. 1A, the $10 billion bond measure for high-speed rail

  • $100,000 — California Alliance for Jobs; Sacramento
  • $50,000 — Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • $75,000 — International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12; Pasadena
  • $25,000 — A. Teichert & Son Inc.; Sacramento
  • No on Prop. 4, the proposed state constitutional amendment which would require doctors to inform the parent or guardian of a minor 48 hours before providing an abortion to that minor

  • $50,000 — America Votes; Washington, D.C.
  • $50,000 — California State Council of Service Employees; Sacramento
  • $25,392.13 — Vote No on Props 4 & 8, Sponsored by Feminist Majority Foundation; Beverly Hills
  • $25,000 — Leaders for an Effective Government; Sacramento
  • $25,000 — National Association of Social Workers California Chapter; Sacramento
  • $25,000 — Mayor’s Committee for Government Excellence and Accountability; Los Angeles
  • (The Campaign for Teen Health and Safety in Sacramento moved $150,025 it had collected from its No on 4 fund to Planned Parenthood’s.)

    No on Propositions 6 and 9 — a tough-on-crime package including adult prosecution for gang-related criminals 14 and up, annual criminal background checks for public housing residents, and harsher bail conditions and penalties for certain crimes; and a measure to expand crime victims’ rights

  • $75,000 — California State Council of Service Employees; Sacramento
  • Yes on Prop. 9

  • $85,000 — California Correctional Peace Officers Association; Sacramento
  • Yes on Prop. 7, which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025

  • $55,000 — political consultant Jim Gonzalez; Sacramento
  • Yes on Prop. 10, a $5 billion bond measure to provide cash incentives to buyers of certain high-fuel-economy and alternative-fuel vehicles as well as to companies researching and developing renewable energy and cleaner cars

  • $1,000,000 — Chesapeake Energy; Oklahoma City
  • 19th State Senate District — Hannah Beth Jackson (D)

  • $169,857.92 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $85,000 — Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
  • $75,000 — San Diego County Democratic Party
  • $50,000 — Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
  • $50,000 — San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee
  • $48,000 — Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee
  • $35,000 — Merced County Democratic Central Committee
  • 19th State Senate District — Tony Strickland (R)

  • $200,000 — California Republican Party
  • $70,600 — Republican Party of Riverside County
  • $35,000 — Republican Central Committee of Orange County
  • $30,200 — Monterey County Republican Party
  • 8th State Senate District — Lois Wolk (D)

  • $25,449.87 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • 10th Assembly District — Alyson Huber (D)

  • $100,000 — Democratic Central Committee of Marin
  • 10th Assembly District — Jack Sieglock (R)

  • $35,000 — California Republican Party
  • 15th Assembly District — Joan Buchanan (D)

  • $91,628.11 — California Democratic Party
  • $36,000 — Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 — Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
  • 15th Assembly District — Abram Wilson (R)

  • $100,000 — Republican Central Committee of Orange County
  • $40,000 — Republican Party of Riverside County
  • 26th Assembly District — John Eisenhut (D)

  • $142,201.29 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • 30th Assembly District — Fran Florez (D)

  • $25,000 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • 30th Assembly District — Danny Gilmore (R)

  • $40,000 — Republican Party of Riverside County
  • $35,000 — California Republican Party
  • 78th Assembly District — John McCann (R)

  • $90,000 — San Diego County Republican Central Committee
  • $29,000 — California Republican Party
  • 78th Assembly District — Marty Block (D)

  • $175,000 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • 80th Assembly District — Gary Jeandron (R)

  • $82,000 — Yolo County Republican Party
  • $69,000 — Ventura County Republican Party
  • $37,600 — Republican Party of Riverside County
  • $30,200 — Monterey County Republican Party
  • $25,000 — Republican Central Committee of Orange County
  • Democratic committees

  • $100,000 from the California Optometric Association to Assemblyman Edward Hernandez’s San Gabriel Valley for Better Health Care
  • $52,000 from Jerry Hill for State Assembly to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $50,000 from Bob Blumenfield for Assembly of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $50,000 from Coto for Assembly 2008 of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $50,000 from PG&E Corp. of San Francisco to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $50,000 from the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council to the San Diego County Democratic Party
  • $50,000 from Majestic Realty Co. chairman/CEO Edward Roski of City of Industry to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • $40,000 from Assembly Speaker Karen Bass’ Strengthening California Through Leadership committee to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • $40,000 from Pedro Nava 2008 of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $37,800 from Friends of Noreen Evans for Assembly 2008 of Santa Rosa to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $30,200 from AT&T Inc. and its affiliates of San Francisco to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $30,000 from Anna Caballero for Assembly 2008 of Salinas to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $30,000 from Jenny Oropeza for State Senate of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $30,000 from Mark Leno for Senate 2008 to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $30,000 from Hancock for Senate 2008 to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $26,000 from Nancy Skinner for Assembly of Oakland to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from Operating Engineers Local 3 in Alameda to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from Alberto Torrico for Assembly 2008 of Fremont to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from the California State Employees Association Member Action Committee to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from Friends of Tony Mendoza 2008 of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from John Perez for Assembly of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from the Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) of the California School Employees Association to the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) of the California School Employees Association to the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) of the California School Employees Association to the Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the California Optometric Association to Assemblyman Kevin De Leon’s Believing in a Better California committee
  • $25,000 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters to the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters to the Imperial County County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the Native Americans & Peace Officers PAC in Sacramento to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • $25,000 from the Insurance Brokers & Agents PAC of Sacramento to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • Republican committees

  • $238,000 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association to the California Republican Party
  • $75,000 from the Rumsey Rancheria of Brooks to the California Republican Party
  • $58,000 from the California Republican Party to the Republican Party of Orange County
  • $32,000 from Tom Harman for Senate 2008 of Sacramento to the Monterey County Republican Central Committee
  • $30,200 from Taxpayers for Bob Huff 2008 of Rancho Santa Margarita to the Republican Party of Riverside County
  • $30,200 from Jas. D. Easton Inc. chairman James Easton of Los Angeles to the California Republican Party
  • $30,200 from Phyllis Easton of Los Angeles to the California Republican Party
  • $30,000 from the California Dental Association PAC to the Republican Party of Riverside County
  • $30,000 from the Building Industry Association of San Diego County to the San Diego County Republican Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the San Diego Association of Realtors in Encinitas to the San Diego County Republican Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the Barona Band of Mission Indians in Lakeside to the California Republican Party
  • Other committees

  • $50,000 from Roll International chairman/owner Stewart Resnick of Los Angeles to Protecting California’s Children, a Los Angeles-based, statewide ballot-measure committee which said in its initial filing that it supports increased funding for foster care and child-welfare programs
  • $25,000 from the Corrections Corporation of America in Nashville, Tenn., to the California Chamber of Commerce‘s California Business PAC
  • $25,000 from ConocoPhillips Co. of Houston, Texas, to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s California Dream Team
  • $25,000 from Pacific Gas & Electric Inc. of San Francisco to the San Francisco Police Officers Association PAC
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