Board of supervisors Spending picks up in last days

By Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat October 30, 2012 09:17 am

With candidates for Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors in the home stretch of their campaigns, Karl Rodefer and Sherri Brennan continue to separate themselves from their counterparts in terms of fundraising and campaign spending.

According to the latest financial paperwork filed with the Tuolumne County Elections Office, Sherri Brennan has raised the largest amount of monetary contributions for her run at District 1 supervisor. 

Brennan’s financial disclosure statement for her campaign shows $27,673 in cash raised for the entire campaign and $2,134 in non-monetary contributions. She also raised a total of $9,494 over the most recent reporting period, which runs from Oct. 1 through 20, with $8,098 in cash and $1,396 in other contributions, according to the financial documents.

Brennan, who is facing Supervisor Liz Bass, reported $6,298 in campaign spending this period, totalling $23,383 for the whole campaign.

Some of her largest contributors include Sierra Pacific Industries, Weller Construction and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Firefighters Small Contribution Political Action Committee. 

Brennan’s campaign has also received $1,200 from Terri Arington, $500 from Arthur Cutler and $400 each from the local Republican Central Committee, Robert Coane and Joyce Martin.

Bass’ campaign raised $398 in cash this period, as well as a $1,550 loan from Bass herself, bringing her total to $12,878 — $6,859 in monetary contributions and $6,019 in self-loans. According to financial documents, her campaign spent $2,087 this period and $12,668 overall.

The multi-term incumbent’s largest donations so far include $1,500 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee, $600 from attorney Kate Segerstrom and $500 from sanitation company Waste Management.

District 5 candidate Karl Rodefer continues with the most robust overall campaign fundraising efforts when counting cash contributions ($26,838) and non-monetary donations ($10,896). His overall contribution total of $42,734 also includes $5,000 in self-loans.

Rodefer has raised $3,399 in cash and $2,716 in non-monetary donations this reporting period. During the same period, he spent $4,446 and a total of $2,716 in non-monetary items, bringing his overall campaign spending to $43,763.

Rodefer’s largest monetary donations so far include $3,300 from Jonathan Clark, owner of Armstrong, Clark and Co.; $1,000 from the Cal Fire firefighters PAC; $500 from PG&E; $400 from the county’s Republican Central Committee; $393 from retiree Donald Wilson; $310 from Sonora Subaru owner Ridge Schneider; $350 from retiree Roy Lane; $299 each from Carey Haughy and Pedro Lizaur, both of Blue Mountain Minerals; and $250 from the Tuolumne County Building Industry Association.

Rodefer is facing Domenic Torchia for the District 5 seat, and Torchia’s campaign fundraising appeared to slow down in the latest filing period with $483 in cash contributions. Torchia has raised $13,119 in cash and $3,700 in non-monetary donations for his campaign, according to the paperwork. The Torchia campaign has spent $1,932 this reporting period, and $10,912 total so far.

Torchia’s biggest contributors so far include Operating Engineers Local 3 ($4,700), Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 443 ($1,000), Heat and Frost, Asbestos Workers Local 16 ($500), Sprinkler Fitters Local 483 ($483), No Cal Carpenters Council ($400), retired State Sen. John Burton ($450) and retired San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith ($375).