SD10: Mary Hayashi’s last-minute contributions

Former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who was eliminated in last week’s primary election for the 10th State Senate District, reported a few pre-election contributions right after the vote.

Mary HayashiOn Thursday, she reported having received $1,000 from Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, on May 31; Bass was Assembly Speaker during the second of Hayashi’s three Assembly terms.

And on Friday, she reported having received $2,500 from San Ramon-based Chevron Corp. on June 2. That’s interesting in light of Hayashi’s opposition to fracking, and her attack upon rival Democrat Bob Wieckowski for not supporting a moratorium; Chevron semi-notoriously provided free pizza to residents near the site of a fracking explosion and fire this past February in Pennsylvania.

Hayashi, perhaps best known for her 2012 shoplifting conviction for which she’s still on probation, finished third behind Wieckowski and Republican Peter Kuo.

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.

  • Willis James

    Money coming in that late, makes you wonder what Mary’s thinking was in the final days.
    I guess she still thought she was going to gain second place. However it would seem unlikely that even she thought she would get above 27-28%.
    Perhaps she thought if she could get that high with Wieckowski at 35-36% that she could somehow still win in November.

    The question remains, how much money did she hold back for the Fall?
    $50,000 or $125,000 ?
    I can’t imagine she went down much below $40,000.
    So what is she going to do with those funds? And how many years can she keep control of such funds? Is there any time limit?

    Months from now she would be a great interview for some East Bay political reporter. How or why she thought she had any chance to win?
    How she may have thought that the focus wouldn’t end up on her crime and arrest. That is the real mystery. The 21% vote was not a shocker to most of us, was it to her?