The California Democratic Party and affiliated party central committees from throughout the state have dumped $1.42 million into the re-election bid of Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo.
That compares with $648,372 from the California Republican Party on behalf of its nominee, San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson.
The figures include contributions through the last reporting period of Oct. 16 plus late contributions reported to the California Secretary of State as of yesterday.
Where are the parties spending this cash? Some of it is going into mailers and postage:
- Anti-Buchanan mailers: 9
- Pro-Buchanan mailers: 8
- Anti-Wilson mailers: 7
- Pro-Wilson mailers: 6
The anti-Wilson mailers focus on the biggest noose around his neck — the fact that San Ramon pays its city manager more than any other city manger in California, according to California League of Cities survey, while he runs as a fiscal conservative. Wilson doesn’t like it but you can bet he would use it if his opponent were in the same boat.
On the Buchanan front, the California Republican Party sent out a host of absurd distortions based on the ridiculous premise that she bears responsibility for every bad outcome contained in the state’s last two budgets.
Granted, as a Democrat, Buchanan doesn’t agree with a lot of the GOP’s ideas about taxes and government spending. But I think it’s fair to say that every member of the California Legislature was unhappy with the last two budgets and their votes in favor of them reflected the necessity to pass a budget rather than support for its contents.
I’ve posted one of the anti-Buchanan mailers below and her campaign’s response to the some of the assertions:
WHAT IT SAYS: “Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan voted to release 16,000 dangerous criminals early from prison.” And “Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan’s vote released criminals with a history of attacks on children as well as a convict arrested for rape 18 hours after his release.”
BUCHANAN’S RESPONSE: That’s ridiculous. Assemblymember’s are not responsible for local parole decisions. The bill specifically required each county’s community corrections programs to be developed and implemented by the probation department, as advised by a local Community Corrections Partnership.
WHAT IT SAYS: “Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan voted to cut the education budget by $8.4 billion. Due to Buchanan’s cuts, teachers received layoff notices, schools were unable to buy updated textbooks, testing budgets were slashed and school maintenance was reduced.” (Chronicle, Feb. 20, 2009, SB3x4)
BUCHANAN’S RESPONSE: Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan voted to pass a budget that closed a $40 billion deficit at a point when the state was days away from issuing IOUs and closing major construction projects. The budget included cuts to all major programs, including education, but also included a provision to pay back education when the economy turns around. Only 3 Republicans voted for the budget. The remaining 24 refused to vote to support any of the budget bills.
WHAT IT SAYS: “Joan Buchanan allowed access to sex and drug websites on school computers.” (San Ramon Valley Unified School Board minutes, 11/7/2000, 1/22/1991)
BUCHANAN’S RESPONSE: Students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have never had access to sex or drug websites on school computers. All computers are filtered.
Here is the mailer: