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CD10 PAC contributions top $250,000

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 7:32 pm in 2009 CD10 special election.

Political action committees, or PACs, have contributed $250,250 to three elected Democratic candidates and one Republican running in tomorrow’s 10th Congressional District special election.

Click here to see my spreadsheet detailing the PAC contributions, including the contributor, date of contribution, amount and the industry represented. (I compiled the data from from OpenSecrets.org and the Federal Election Commission websites.)

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier leads with $107,100 in PAC dollars, followed by $93,900 for Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and $34,250 for Joan Buchanan.

Republican David Harmer has received $15,000, including $5,000 from the PAC operated by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The other candidates received none or very minor PAC contributions.

The PAC involvement has generated some interesting chatter on the progressive blogs such as Calitics, where a commenter posted an interesting response to Garamendi’s own posting about a favorable poll. The poster refers to Garamendi’s Aug. 6 appearance in Solano County where he said he had not received any insurance company money as of that date.

One would have to engage with Garamendi in a debate of over the definition of “insurance” to get to the bottom of what appears to be information contrary to his statement. But the health care industry has undeniably made its presence known in this race. It matters because health care reform is at the forefront of a national and Congressional debate.

PACs related to the insurance and health care industry who contributedto candidates in this campaign include:

GARAMENDI: Doctors Company, $2,500; Pacifc Life Insurance Company PAC, $2,000; Molina HealthCare Inc PAC, $1,000; American Health Care Associates PAC, $2,000

BUCHANAN: Anesthesia Service Medical Group good Government Fund, $5,000; Wellpoint Inc. Well PAC, $2,500; American Insurance Association PAC, $1,500; California Dental Association PAC, $5,000; American Medical Association PAC, $5,000

DESAULNIER: Intuitive Surgical Inc PAC, $500

Unions, however, have been the largest financial participants in this campaign. DeSaulnier has been the primary beneficiary, collecting $60,900, or more than half that amount. Here is a partial list of totals by type of PAC or industry:

Unions: $110,400
Financial services: $17,000
Medical industry: $14,000
Insurance: $13,500
General business: $11,500
Lobbying firms: $11,000
Rep. George Miller’s PAC $10,000
Women’s groups: $8,250
Indian tribes: $7,400
Energy/oil companies: $7,000
Agriculture: $5,000
Education: $5,000
Mitt Romney’s PAC: $5,000
Waste management: $5,000
Lawyers/legal: $4,000
Telecommunications: $3,000
Homebuilders: $2,500
Securities and investments: $2,500
Construction services $2,500
Hospitals/nursing homes $2,000
527′s:  $1,000
Auto industry: $1,000
Real estate $250

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  • Snark

    Lisa–the link to your spreadsheet is not a spreadsheet…can you help?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Okay, I think I have fixed the download link. I use a site called Adrive to store non-photo documents and sometimes it gets quirky The page should open up to a download screen. I did convert the spreadsheet to a PDF file because a lot of folks don’t have Excel. But I could post the Excel version, too, if anyone is interested.

  • bernie quigley

    Since the only residency requirement for a Congressional seat is that you live in California, I don’t see why all of these seats are simply ‘at-large’ with the “big guys” going after them, not little fish local pols?

    Since Joan B has deep pockets and can self finance a campaign, why doesn’t she just go shopping for a more favorable district in the case she loses? you know, look at the bright side..

  • Bob Loblaw

    Jeez Bernie, little fish pols like Dianne Feinstein who was a local government mayor before becoming US Senator, or perhaps Barbara Boxer who was a lowly Marin County Supervisor. Those two clealy have no business in Washington DC and should be replaced immediately by a big picture guy like John Garamendi.

    California has 53 congressional districts…just how many “big guys” are out there?

  • bernie quigley

    I was being somewhat facetious. I think the law should be changed to require a candidate be a resident of the district being represented. I also think campaigns should be publicly financed.