August 1, 2012 archive

AD-66: Craig Huey is a Top California Republican Assembly Fundraiser


According to the press release:

Continuing to build off the momentum established following a June 5 election victory that exceeded expectations, Craig Huey has reported fundraising numbers that place him as the top Assembly Republican fundraiser in the state. In addition, Huey finished as one of the top fundraisers overall among all candidates.

Huey—who finished just 1.6% points behind his sole Democratic opponent in the primary despite another Republican in the race—raised $226,268.58 between May 20 and June 30, an amount nearly double the amount raised by his opponent during that same period.

“I am beyond appreciative of all those individuals who have shown support for my campaign. I am also proud of the large number of individual donors who have supported my candidacy with modest contributions. So far, my campaign has drawn its support from individual voters who are ready for change—not special interests who want to maintain the status quo in Sacramento.”

With slightly fewer than 100 days left until the November general election, Huey also reported that he has nearly $200,000 cash on hand. Since the June primary, Huey has also accumulated a wave of endorsements from many local elected officials who are supporting his campaign.

But, this campaign continues to be a race.

The 66th Assembly district is very competitive demographically and Huey’s opponent, Democrat Al Muratsuchi has also raised substantial sums himself.

Here is the breakdown for both of them:

Reported Fundraising
(May 20-June 30, 2012 filing period)
Committee Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand Filing Close
Huey For Assembly 2012, Craig [SOS] $108,236 $147,915 $194,667 2012-06-30
Muratsuchi For Assembly 2012 [SOS] $157,266 $66,225 $311,119 2012-06-30
Source: California Secretary of State

But, there is one thing that Muratsuchi does not have – the willingness of Craig Huey to use his personal wealth to write a “big” check, if his campaign needs it. Huey self-funded his unsuccessful campaign for Congress to the tune of almost $1 million.

This fundraising report shows that campaign cash will not be a problem for Huey’s campaign.

Let the ad wars begin!


SD-27: Fran Pavley Leads Todd Zink in Fundraising


Democrat California State Senator Fran Pavley

In the critical California State Senate District 27, incumbent Senator Fran Pavley leads Republican challenger Todd Zink in fundraising.

Senate Republican leaders  are plowing money into the campaign of prosecutor Todd Zink for the 27th Senate District contest, but he continues to significantly trail in fundraising behind Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, according to newly filed finance reports.

In a battleground district that Democrats hope will help them win a two-thirds Senate majority in November, the State Democratic Party and its leaders are countering with help of their own.

Zink, a deputy district attorney from Westlake Village, reported the maximum contributions of $3,900 each from Republican Sens. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar (the minority leader), Tom Harman of Huntington Beach and Tom Berryhill of Modesto, as well as loans for the same amount from Sens. Bill Emmerson of Hemet and Anthony Canella of Ceres.

The money helped Zink raise $76,165 from May 20 to June 30, ending the period with $81,051 in his campaign account. Pavley reported raising $111,416 during the same period, ending the period with $832,887 in the bank.

California Democrats really want this Senate seat to obtain the 2/3’rd majority in order to raise California taxes at will.

While the demographics for a GOP candidate are not bad, Zink is relatively unknown in the district and Pavley has been doing many events in the more conservative areas of Simi Valley.

This may be a close race despite the 10 to 1 money advantage by Pavley, but I suspect not.


California State School Employees Party in Las Vegas – Urge California Voters to Increase Taxes


California state school employees are having their convention in Las Vegas where they are supporting California Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 to increase sales and income taxes.

Leaders of the 215,000-member California School Employees Association are urging voters to approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for higher taxes this fall to help save the state’s cash-strapped schools from even more cuts.

But when it comes to spending their own cash, the union bosses prefer Las Vegas.

That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Brown. He jetted off to the desert Tuesday to join 1,400 school worker union leaders and delegates at their convention at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino – where, of course, they were dropping a nice chunk of change into the economy of neighboring Nevada.

The union represents school janitors, clerical workers, food service employees and other support staff – all of whom have been hit by the downturn in California’s finances.

I guess it is OK for the union leaders to turn their back on California business and take their convention to Nevada.

And, it is also OK for California businesses to pay more in sales and income taxes to support the union’s members.

I get it.

By the way, I am voting against California Proposition 30.


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