AD15: Buchanan outraises Wilson





Democratic incumbent Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan substantially out-raised her Republican opponent, San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, according to campaign reports filed Tuesday.

Here are the totals:

Buchanan: $896,075 in contributions; $620,630 in expenses; $387,656 cash in the bank; and $55,404 in debts.

Wilson: $495,521 in contributions; $520,284 in expenses; $93,205 cash in the bank; and $15,415 in debts.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Patriot Pat

    No surprise considering Buchanan is a slam dunk vote for public employee unions and tax hikes.

    What would be much more helpful, Lisa V., is if you managed to show us where each candidate got their cash.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Abram Wilson, you can’t hide!
    We charge you with GOP-icide!

  • John W

    Last week, I received five separate mailers from the Wilson camp — one each day. They were all very slick, high-end pieces. So, I wonder if the $495k reflects everything being spent on Wilson’s behalf.

    In contrast, I’ve received only one low-cost piece of mail from Buchanan, in the form of a letter. It was sort of a confession of how screwed up Sacramento is and how she is doing what she can to make it better. If she has raised so much money, I wonder why her campaign has not been more visible compared with Wilson’s.

  • Common Tater

    It would seem that the unions are for sale. When is the auction and what is the opening bid?

    Remember union member, democrats can give you money but Republicans can give you a job. Which do you want

  • MHuang

    Ask Buchanon about her vote on the 1099 requirement for all businesses and individuals who spend more than $600 per year with a single vendor.

    This is the matter of 1099 tyranny.

    You see, while he was ramming through the health care bill, Harry Reid hid in its 2,500 pages of gibberish a provision requiring all businesses – big, small and even sole proprietorships – to file a 1099 form reporting every purchase of $600 or more from every vendor – including small purchases adding up to $600 or more.

    Those who own small businesses make hundreds of purchases in the $600 range each year. They would need to file several hundred of those 1099s. Big corporations would need to file millions of them. Furthermore, vendors such as hardware stores will need to keep track of all their sales to each of their customers – tens of thousands for a typical big store – in order to provide an accurate 1099 totaling the purchases of each and every customer who is, or might be, a small business. These forms would have to be reconciled with the records of each business, or the IRS would have grounds to accuse one or the other of a discrepancy.

    This bill will not bring the federal government any tax revenue. Rather, by adding to the overhead of companies big and small, it will take away from their bottom line and reduce the taxes they are able to pay accordingly.

    But it gets worse. Because there is no fundamental difference between a sole proprietorship and any private person, there is no reason why this provision, if accepted, should not be applied to every taxpayer. Consider: Do you know how much you spent at your local grocery store last year? Certainly more than $600. But how much exactly? What, you don’t know? You will need to know, or under this law, you would commit tax fraud by failing to report accurately the exact amount you spent at every store, hotel, gas station, airline, etc., at which you spent $600 over the course of the year. You would need to get a 1099 from each of them to include in your tax return. If you failed to do so, you could be subject to prosecution. And if you somehow do get all your forms in correctly, you still will be subject to endless arbitrary audits and harassment because you will never be able to prove the accuracy of your submittal to the Internal Revenue Service. Is this the kind of nation we want to live in?

  • Elwood

    Re: #5

    It’s the kind of nation Harry Reid and his dimmiecrat socialists would like us to live in.

    Vote all the bastards out!

  • John W

    Re #5 — Hmmm. I wasn’t aware that state assembly members proposed, voted on or passed laws regarding the filing of IRS forms, 1099 or otherwise.

  • John W

    Re #4

    “Democrats can give you money but Republicans can give you a job.”

    How many net jobs did the economy give us during 8 years under President Bush, 6 of which included Republican control of Congress? Zero by the time President Obama took office. We had a few years of real estate bubble growth, and then poof!

  • Common Tater

    JW, you really need to understand the real source of money. Where does money come from?

  • Truthclubber

    To all of those “Queen Joan XIV” lovers out there, I just have one thing to say:

    Get a ticket on the clue train, fast!

  • Truthclubber

    My bad (HTML) — here’s a revision:

    To all of those “Queen Joan XIV” lovers out there, I have just one thing to say:

    Get a ticket on the clue train, fast!

  • Patty O’Day

    Well, I guess that Abram Wilson is using his campaign’s money well, because the last poll I heard of shows Abram Wilson 6 points up. Also, I got an e-mail from Joan’s camp announcing a “Labor Walk Weekend”. Amazing. She’s not even pretending that she is not in the Union’s pocket.

  • John W

    Re #9

    Not sure where you’re going with the “where does money come from” question. But my point was in reply to your assertion that “Republicans can give you a job.” When did that last happen on a sustained basis?