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Lopsided money battle in AlaCo supervisor race

By Josh Richman
Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am in 2010 election, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, campaign finance.

I reported last week on Nadia Lockyer raising big bucks – including a significant chunk of change from her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer – in her race for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat. Today: many more details, now that I’ve gone over her filing with the count’s Registrar of Voters.

First, the $75,000 direct contribution she’d noted from the Bill Lockyer for Treasurer campaign isn’t the only support her husband rendered. His campaign also made another $43,253 in non-monetary contributions to her campaign, paying for things such as office equipment, website support, polling, fundraising, consulting and mailers.

Second, of all those running for this seat, Lockyer had the most far-flung donors – not only from all over California, but from 15 states and Washington, D.C., too.

Third, Lockyer had said she raised $168,200 in the latter half of 2009 and had $135,708 cash on hand at the year’s end. True dat, but she also had $36,605 in unpaid debts at year’s end, so her unencumbered war chest would be more like $99,103.

Fourth, that’s still waaaay than anyone else has available in this race. Next closest is Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling, who raised $31,955 in the latter half of 2009 and ended the year with $38,037 cash on hand and only $500 in debts; among his donors was Alameda County “sheriff emeritus” Charlie Plummer, who contributed another $2,000 atop the $1,000 he’d given in the year’s first half. In third place is another name of significant renown, former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol; she raised $8,903 in the latter half of 2009 and ended the year with $4,815 cash on the hand but $16,418 in debts. And bringing up the fundraising rear was Union City Mayor Mark Green, who raised $2,200 in the latter half of 2009 and ended the year with $2,854 cash on hand and no debts.

Fifth and finally, Lockyer already is flexing her money muscle: She spent $137,268 in the latter half of 2009, compared to Dowling’s $19,374, Figueroa’s $12,337 and Green’s $314.

The District 2 seat represents parts of Hayward, Newark, Union City, Fremont, and Sunol; incumbent Gail Steele isn’t seeking re-election in this nonpartisan June 8 vote.

UPDATE @ 1:29 P.M.: Dowling has just issued a news release noting he raised 76 percent of his contributions from within the district, while only 1 percent of Nadia Lockyer’s money came from the district and 30 percent of her money came from outside California. Of course, he’s counting Bill Lockyer’s money as coming from Sacramento; that’s where the Bill Lockyer for Treasurer campaign is based, but the couple lives in Hayward.

Dowling said Nadia Lockyer campaigns as “A New Voice for Our Community,” while he has lived in Hayward for 46 years and has served on City Council there for 11. “Voters are looking for a Supervisor who has a record of making local government work right here in Alameda County, and the broad support I have received from folks in the District shows that.”

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