Campaign finance update: Perata and booze

Oakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata’s Hope 2010 ballot measure committee gave $20,000 last Thursday to Californians for a Cure, the committee formed by the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and cancer research doctors to push the tobacco-tax-for-cancer-research measure Perata helped put forth.

Hope 2010 reported having $721,835 in the bank at 2009’s end, but as reported earlier, the committee has been spending directly to promote the measure (and, though he’d surely say it’s not the intent, to get his name into Oakland voters’ mailboxes).

And the alcohol industry is anteing up big time for the Stop Hidden Taxes ballot measure committee, formed by the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Taxpayers’ Association both to oppose a proposed ballot measure to lower the Legislative vote threshold for budget bills from two-thirds to a simple majority, and to support the chamber’s proposed measure to increase the Legislative vote threshold for state levies and charges (including alcohol levies!) from a simple majority to two-thirds.

The past week has seen contributions of $25,000 from the San Francisco-based Wine Institute (above the $25,000 it gave earlier this month); $20,000 from beer giant Crown Imports LLC of Chicago; $20,000 from the California Beer & Beverage Distributors Issues PAC; and $25,000 from MillerCoors of Milwaukee. The Wine Institute’s $25,000 had just come in as contributions of $2,500 each from Cline Cellars in Sonoma; J Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg; Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg; Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards in Kenwood; Newton Vineyard in St. Helena; Pax Wine Cellars in Santa Rosa; Ridge Vineyards/Lytton Springs in Healdsburg; Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena; Sonoma Wine Company in Graton; and ZWine Company LLC in Napa.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.