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By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 11:42 am in 2008 November election, California Assembly, campaign finance.

Last night was the deadline for campaign finance reports, where candidates and ballot measures must report their activity through the end of 2008.

Keep in mind that it is a postmark deadline, so some of the reports have not yet arrived in the election offices.

But here is a quick run-down of what some East Bay candidates raised in 2008 based on reports I picked up in Martinez this morning and checked on-line at the Cal-Access, the state’s on-line campaign finance report web site:

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State Senate District 7: Democrat Mark DeSaulnier raised $702,709. His opponent was a nominal Republican who did not campaign due to conflicts with his employer.

State Senate District 9: Democrat Loni Hancock raised $751,151. She spent most of her money in the primary in a hard-fought race with Wilma Chan.

Assembly District 15: This was unquestionably the most expensive contest in the East Bay. Democrat Joan Buchanan, who won the seat, raised $2,390,835. Her GOP opponent Abram Wilson collected $1,384,436. These totals do not include the vast sums of independent dollars spent on their behalf by various interest groups.

Assembly District 14: Democrat Nancy Skinner raised $628,321. She spent most of her money was spent in the primary where she battled against other Democrats in this heavily Democratic district.

Assembly District 11: Democrat Tom Torlakson raised $370,492. He also had a nominal Republican challenger. Torlakson returned to this seat after he termed out of the Senate, where he will serve his final term allowed under term limits. He is running for state superintendent of schools in 2010.

Click through on the right for Contra Costa County campaign finance tidbits:

Assessor Gus Kramer raised $1,675 last year even though he won’t be up for re-election until 2010. But he has had some legal troubles recently what with some air pollution fines related to properties he owns plus a jury found him guilty of retaliating against an employee who filed a disrimination suit against him.

Oil refineries spent $201,929 on independent expenditures for Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, who faced a tough re-election bid against challenger Gary Agopian. Glover raised $134,655 for his own account while Agopian reported $66,513 in contributions.

San Ramon Councilman David Hudson is keeping alive his fundraising committee for county supervisor. He reported $206.41 in the bank.

Advocates for Measure WW, the East Bay Regional Parks bond extension measure, collected $637,745 for their successful campaign.

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