Voters put cash in coffers

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By ERIN MAYES

Statewide polls might not show it, but foothills residents at least most of those who donate to political campaigns are backing Republican Sen. Tom McClintock for governor.

Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's Web site shows there was some early Tuolumne and Calaveras county support for ousting Gov. Gray Davis. In fact, a third of the contributors threw money in the pot to support recall committees.

But most people chose to put up cash in support of candidates: A few people threw their endorsements behind Democrat Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, independent Arianna Huffington who stepped out of the race a couple days ago and Republican Arnold Schwarzen-egger. None contributed to Green Party candidate Peter Camejo's campaign.

Sonora had the most contributors, with 12 people giving a total of $2,520 since May. A couple more donations came in from Twain Harte, Soulsbyville and Jamestown to bring the Tuolumne County total to just over $3,000.

Calaveras County made a total of $1,340 in donations, with more people supporting Huffington than McClintock, and half donating to the campaign to recall Davis.

The following is a sampling of Calaveras and Tuolumne county contributors, who gave from $25 to $1,000, and their reasons for donating:

"You better believe it," said Lisa Horlacher, a retired Valley Springs woman who contributed $50 to the campaign to oust Davis "because of the mess he's gotten us in."

Horlacher faulted Davis for the electricity fiasco of a couple of years ago, which put a dent in his political career. She said her electric bills were through the roof.

"It was just unbelievable," she said.

So who's a better option? Schwarzenegger, if you ask her.

"I think he has the best chance to beat Bustamante," Horlacher said. Bustamante's a bad choice, she said, because he'll "just carry on for Davis. He's been his yes-man for a lot of years."

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