State GOP, gubernatorial candidates rake in bucks

The California Republican Party saw an influx of big-time corporate bucks yesterday, with notable contributions including $100,000 from Walmart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, Ark.; $100,000 from Chevron Corp. of San Ramon; $25,000 from AT&T Inc. and its affiliates in San Francisco; $25,000 from the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians in Temecula; $20,000 from Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles; $15,000 from the California Association of Health Facilities PAC in Sacramento; and $12,500 from The Hartford of Hartford, Conn.

Other sizeable contributions this week included $25,000 yesterday from Rancho Santa Fe homemaker Katherine Lukianov to Republican Steve Poizner’s gubernatorial campaign; $20,000 yesterday from billionaire heir and venture capitalist John Pritzker of San Francisco plus $18,650 from his wife, Lisa Pritzker, to Democrat Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign; and $15,900 on Tuesday from Chicago media mogul Newsweb Corp. owner Fred Eychaner to Newsom’s campaign.

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Indian tribe boosts Don Perata’s legal fund

…and other post-election political money tidbits.

perata.jpgState Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, this week reported that the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians donated $25,000 to the legal defense fund he set up in response to a federal corruption probe launched against him in 2004. Not a moment too soon; as of May 17, the once-vigorous fund was down to $273. The East Bay Express’s Robert Gammon reported in December that federal prosecutors were snooping around for reporters’ notes, and the Chronicle’s Matier & Ross reported in April that prosecutors were asking for more time in which to wrap up the case.

hancock.jpgLest you ever wonder how important a party endorsement is in a primary, consider that from May 7 through this past Tuesday’s election, the California Democratic Party put almost $153,000 into helping Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley — whom the party endorsed at its convention in March — defeat former Assembly Majority Leader Wilma Chan of Alameda in the primary to Perata in the 9th State Senate District. Hancock defeated Chan by 12 percentage points Tuesday.

worthington.jpgBerkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington put a final $20,000 into his own campaign for the 14th Assembly District on May 29, just a few days before the election; that’s on top of $7,200 he’d contributed to his campaign and $22,000 he’d loaned it earlier. He finished a distant third Tuesday, behind winner Nancy Skinner and second-place finisher Tony Thurmond. Skinner had contributed $3,600 to her own campaign and loaned it about $30,700.

denham.JPGThe Perata-organized (and later, Perata-abandoned) effort to recall state Sen. Jeff Denham soaked up $550,000 from the California State Council of Service Employees; more than $488,000 from the Democratic State Central Committee of California; $300,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and $110,000 from the Perata-controlled Leadership California committee (see it all here) before going down in flames Tuesday with just 24 percent of the vote. About $1.06 million of that went to Palisades Media Group for television and radio ad buys; the next biggest expenditures were about $78,000 to the firm of Sacramento political consultant and longtime Perata associate Sandi Polka (as well as $9,000 to Chris Lehman and more than $7,300 to Paul Hefner, both Polka associates); about $87,500 to Emeryville-based Pacific Print Resources, which produces campaign mailers; about $36,600 to CBS Outdoor, presumably for billboards; and about $26,600 to the firm of Shawnda Westly, another Sacramento campaign consultant.