As the November election nears, fundraising for various candidates, political action committees (PAC), and measures are in full swing.
With the release of the Fair Political Practices Commission 460 forms, which are required by candidates to detail any contribution or expenditure of $100 or more made between July 1 and Sept. 30, it appears the the Mayoral race, two open Turlock City Council seats, and Measure B road tax are at the center of local campaign fundraising efforts.
The Mayor of Turlock seat appears to be a costly one, with the candidates quickly approaching a record number of contributed money.
Mayoral candidate Mike Brem’s 460 campaign contribution form was received by the filing deadline, Oct. 6. He reported $35,001.98 in monetary contributions for the period for a total of $43,925.97 this calendar year. Brem also reported receiving $1,720.92 in nonmonetary contributions.
Brem made $20,309.23 in expenditures this period as part of the $24,032.80 he has made year-to-date. Brem’s ending cash balance, with no outstanding debts is $22,614.09.
Those who donated to Brem’s campaign during the last filing period include former Mayor of Turlock Brad Bates, who donated $100, the Turlock Action for Business (TAB) PAC, which donated $1,000, and Stanislaus County Fair CEO Chris Borovansky, who donated $100.
Mayoral Candidate Gary Soiseth, whose forms are posted on the City website with no received date stamped by the City Clerk, verified his 460 campaign contribution form with his signature as being executed on Oct. 6.
Soiseth claimed $19,380 in monetary contributions this period for a total of $45,610 in contributions received this calendar year. Including a $5,000 loan to himself and $1,650 in nonmonetary contributions, Soiseth’s campaign reported $52,260 in total contributions.
Campaign expenditures made this period were totaled at $28,453; the yearly total for Soiseth’s campaign expenditures stands at $39,742. The campaign has $7,502 in outstanding debts and an ending cash balance of $15,020.
Soiseth has received multiple large donations from well known names, including a $3,000 donation from the Monte Vista Crossings, LLC, a $1,500 donation from Mark Hall, CEO of Hall Equities Group, LLC, and $1,500 each from David and Corinne Young, veterinarians at Young Veterinary Research Service.
With less than a month away from the Nov. 4 election day, the mayoral race is close to hitting the record contribution mark reached by then-candidates John Lazar and Kurt Vander Weide in 2006. The two combined to raise more than $118,000 in contribution, according to 2006 FPPC forms. Combined, Soiseth and Brem have raised nearly $98,000 in total contributions.
The Turlock City Council race has not had quite the same amount of contributions as the Mayoral race, however.
Sergio Alvarado, candidate for City Council, filed a 470 campaign contribution form. This form indicates a candidates intention of not receiving any campaign funding from outside groups and anticipating receiving less than $1,000 during the calendar year for their campaign.
Donald Babadalir, whose 460 campaign finance contribution statement was received Oct. 7, reported his total contributions for this period as being $4,415.05. Babadalir reportedly made $3,688.65 in expenditures this period; his ending cash balance stands at $726.40 with $755.00 in outstanding debts.
Babadalir's notable individual donors include Jim DeMartini, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, who made a donation in the amount of $250 and Michael Warda of Michael S. Warda, a Professional Law Corporation, who also made a donation in the amount of $250.
Bill DeHart claimed $5,450 in contributions and reported $5,410.76 in expenditures this period. DeHart had an ending cash balance of $289.24 with no outstanding debts.
Notable donors for DeHart’s campaign include Associated Feed and Supply, who made a $1,500 donation, Denio Construction of Hughson, who made a $300 donation, and current Mayor Lazar, who made an individual $100 donation filing his occupation as a Century 21 M&M Associates Realtor.
Matthew Jacob reported $11,050 in contributions this period, mostly from a $6,000 loan from himself, for a total of $12,550 this calendar year. Jacob reported $11,237.41 in expenditures during this period which accounts for all of his year-to-date expenditures. He reports an ending cash balance of $397.59 with $7,500 in outstanding debts.
Jacob's noteworthy donors include Lazar who made a individual $100 donation. Brian LaFollette, Turlock Irrigation District Power Supply assistant general manager, made a $100 individual donation, and Susan Nisan, principal of the Stanislaus County Office of education, made a $250 individual donation.
Forrest White’s campaign reported $6,198 in contributions this period for a yearly total of $7,198. White’s expenditures for this period stand at $3,125.92 with a total expenditures reported at $3,315.92. His ending cash balance is $3,913.71 with $1,000 in outstanding debts.
White's campaign contributors include Jim Theis, Citizens for Yes on Measure B Committee chairman, who made a $100 individual donation. White is on the Advising Committee for the Citizens for Yes on Measure B, along Lazar, who also made an individual $100 donation to White’s campaign. White was also given $500 from the Turlock Chamber Action for Business PAC.
Citizens for Yes on Measure B had $26,020 total contributions received, $11,345.33 total expenditures and an ending cash balance of $14,674.67.
Among many donors, some of note include Jim Theis, Committee Chairman and Head of the Steering Committee, who made an individual $100 donation. Chris Kiraikou, a consultant for Cornerstone Consulting Inc., made a $100 donation. White, current Turlock City Councilmember running for reelection, donated $200 individually. City Attorney Phaedra Norton made a $200 individual donation as well.
City Manager Roy Wasden and Councilmember Steven Nascimento each contributed $200 individually toward the Committee. Current City Mayor John Lazar made an individual $100 contribution stating his occupation as a C21 M&M Association Realtor.
The TAB PAC, sponsored by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, reported on Oct. 6 that it received $9,400 between July 1 and Sept. 30. Reported expenditures were $13,307.49. The PAC had an ending cash balance of $5,266,97 and outstanding debts in the amount of $2,156.
Donors to the TAB PAC, of note, include Theis, who made a $400 individual donation this period, for a cumulative total of $650 during the calendar year. StanCog also made a donation of $400 toward the TAB PAC.
Turlock Firefighters PAC submitted their 460 campaign contribution form, which was received by the City on Oct. 7, noting $2,280 in contributions received and $1,673.99 expenditures this period; the PAC, with no outstanding debts, has an ending cash balance of $22,839.18.
The Turlock Firefighters PAC donated $537.45 to City Council candidate DeHart, and $537.45 to Mayoral candidate Soiseth for political signs; In September, the PAC announced they were endorsing both candidates.
Turlock Associated Police Officers PAC filed an initial campaign Statement of Organization Recipient Committee 410 form, officially forming the PAC. TAPO also made a $10,000 contribution to the PAC, per a 461 form filed on Oct. 6.
Per FPPC campaign finance laws, all candidates running for public office are expected to report campaign contributions over $1,000 within 24 hours in addition to quarterly reports; this period, campaigns and committees were to file contributions and expenditures made between July 1 and Sept. 30 with the Turlock City Clerk’s Office by Oct. 6.
Sergio Alvarado (No campaign finances required to report as of 07-30-14)