By Josh Richman
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 3:07 pm in California State Senate
To recap, unions are spending big for Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and against Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer – though Glazer has his own deep-pocketed, anti-union benefactors. Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan looks to be caught in the crossfire, and former Concord City Council candidate Terry Kremin remains beneath the radar.
Mailers are flooding the district’s mailboxes, often several a day, as the candidates plan get-out-the-vote efforts like precinct-walking and phone-banking for the campaign’s final days.
Here’s where the independent spending stands as of Wednesday:
- Bill Bloomfield, businessman: $552,984 (pro-Glazer)
- JobsPAC (California Chamber of Commerce): $297,494 (pro-Glazer or anti- the other two)
- California Charter Schools Association Advocates: $128,202 (pro-Glazer)
- EdVoice: $23,570 (pro-Glazer)
- Independent Voter PAC: $7,539 (pro-Glazer)
- California Dental Association: $336,631 (pro-Bonilla)
- California Professional Firefighters: $154,928 (pro-Bonilla)
- California Medical Association: $83,439 (pro-Bonilla)
- California Building Industry Association: $66,526 (pro-Buchanan)
- Working Families Opposing Glazer (labor unions): $240,829 (anti-Glazer)
- Asian American Small Business PAC: $122,478 (anti-Glazer or pro-Michaela Hertle, a Republican who dropped out and endorsed Glazer)
The grand total: $2,014,619. And that, of course, doesn’t include the $669,000 the three candidates had spent as of Feb. 28 – a figure that will surely rise in these final weeks before next Tuesday’s special primary.
Buchanan’s campaign bankroll includes $75,000 that she loaned out of her own pocket on Feb. 28 – about 26 percent of what her campaign has collected this year.
There’s been no movement yet on the federal trademark-infringement lawsuit that the California Republican Party filed last week against the Asian American Small Business PAC. As previously reported here, the PAC – which almost always supports Asian American Democrats – has been using union money to buy fliers on behalf of Michaela Hertle, the Pleasanton Republican who quit the race Feb. 2 and endorsed Glazer. Hertle and the state GOP contend unions are funneling money through the PAC to produce mailers urging Republicans to vote for Hertle, thereby sapping votes from Glazer.
The party complains the PAC used its elephant logo without permission; party vice chairwoman and attorney Harmeet Dhillon said Wednesday she has not yet been able to serve the committee with the complaint, but she’s sending its officers and vendors letters warning them to preserve evidence for the case.
In other news, Bonilla has continued to rack up significant endorsements in the past few weeks, including those of the California Labor Federation and former Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez. Miller called her “a proven leader who has delivered balanced budgets, improved our schools, fought to protect the Delta, and created new opportunities for middle-class families.”
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