With just over a week until the Nov. 4 General Election, the 2014 campaign fundraising cycle is coming to a close; a combined total of $104,381.20 has been reported in contributions to candidates in the Mayoral race, just shy of the record amount from 2006 contributions to then-candidates John Lazar and Kurt Vander Weide totaling nearly $118,000.
Gary Soiseth has reported $3,219 in contributions this period — from Oct. 1 to Oct. 18 — for a yearly total of $55,479. His ending cash balance stands at $7,756 with $11,416 in outstanding debt. He reported $14,397 in expenditures this period, for a total of $54,139 year-to-date.
Soiseth’s individual $100 donors include John Chapman, of New York, and Ronald Cripe, Modesto Junior College Instructor, of Turlock. He received a $1,500 donation from Mark Ahlem of Turlock, self-employed by Hilmar Oaks LLC and $250 from Tom Soiseth, of Turlock, self-employed by Tom Soiseth Tile and Stone.
Turlock Firefighters PAC spent $3,514.89 on mailers for Soiseth’s campaign for a year-to-date total of $4,052.34.
Additionally, Soiseth received $1,000 from Torre Reich Construction, Inc., of Turlock.
Soiseth made a series of payments to ABS Direct, Inc. of Modesto in the amount of $6,666, and $197 to the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters for campaign literature and mailings; $2,100 was spent on web advertising with TurlockCItyNews.com, and $1,291 went to American Express.
Mike Brem has reported $3,255.31 in contributions received this period for a yearly total of $48,902.20. He spent $19,773.62 this period for a yearly total of $43,806.42. Brem has an ending cash balance of $5,752.86 with no outstanding debts.
Brem’s notable donors include PG&E Corporation, of San Francisco, for a $500 donation, Albert Mendes Dairy for a $1,000 donation, and Geiger’s Fine Jewelry for $99.
Individual donors in the amount of $100 include Arthur Bickford, retired; Arthur Crowell, of Turlock of Farmer Crowell Inc.; Ed. Grossi, Santa Rosa farmer; Tim Bettencourt, Real Estate Broker of Modesto; Richard Luevano, California State University, Stanislaus Professor; and Rober Schmidt, Manager of Fontana Wood Preserving.
Jerry Powell, of PMZ Reality, made an individual $250 contribution to Brem’s campaign.
Additionally, Gary Wahl of Wahl, Willemse & Wilson, CPA’s, LLC made a $384.31 individual contribution to Brem’s campaign for a fundraiser for a cumulative yearly total of $884.31.
Brem reported a $1,000 payment to Ali Cox & Company LLC for web services, and $18,711.23 to Meridian Pacific, Inc, a political consulting and public affairs firm based out of Sacramento.
North Valley Labor Federation filed a 496 Independent Expenditure Report for a total contribution of $4,138 during the filing period for mailers in support of Brem.
Sergio Alvarado, candidate for City Council, filed a 470 campaign contribution form indicating his intention to not receive any campaign funding from outside groups and anticipating receiving less than $1,000 during the calendar year for the campaign.
Donald Babadalir has reported $799 in contributions this period for a total of $5,214.05 this year. This period he has spent $1,028.02, $934.72 of which went to the purchase of signs, for a yearly total of $4,716.67. He has an ending cash balance of $497.38 and $755.00 in outstanding debt.
Babadalir’s individual donors include, John Vazira, Owner of Regency Real Estate, with a $200 contribution, Bellos and Susan Nisan, Principal of the Stanislaus County Office of Education, with a $250 contribution. Custom Decor Cabinetry & Millwork Inc. made a $200 business contribution.
Bill DeHart has reported $0 in contributions this period for a yearly total of $5,450.00 in contributions. This period he has made $100 in payments to TurlockCityNews.com for a deposit on web searches, and had an ending cash balance of $189.24 with $1,000 in outstanding debts.
A separate 497 contribution report was submitted for a contribution from Associated Feed of Turlock in the amount of $1,000.
Matthew Swanson filed a 497 report to DeHart’s campaign for a contribution in the amount of $1,000.
Turlock Firefighters PAC spent $3,514.89 this period on mailers for a year-to-date total contribution to DeHart in the amount of $4,052.34.
With no added contributions reported this period, and no outstanding debt, the Turlock Firefighters PAC has an ending cash balance of $15,664.74 after $7,174.44 in expenditures this period, primarily for mailers in support of Soiseth and DeHart.
The PAC received $6,880 in contributions and spent a total of $9,206.34 year-to-date.
Matthew Jacob has reported $2,532.40 in contributions this period, for a yearly total of $15,082.40. He reported $200 in expenditures this period for a yearly total of $11,527.41. His ending cash balance was $627.59, with $7,500 in outstanding debts.
Jacob’s individual donors who contributed $100 include, Lusania Karam, of Turlock, a self-employed seamstress, Nancy Daley, of Turlock, facilitator of Jessica’s house, and Dr. Maryam Esho, of Turlock.
Turlock Associated Police Officers PAC donated $2,102.40 this period for signs and fliers in support of Jacob.
Jacob spent $100 for campaign literature to the California Voter Guide, and $100 to the Budget Watchdogs Newsletter.
Forrest J. White has reported $1,332.98 in contributions this period for a yearly total of $8,530.98. This period, White reported spending $3,103.11 for a yearly total of $6,419.03. His ending cash balance was reported at $2,143.58 and had $1,000 in outstanding debts.
White received $100 individual donations this period from Chris Kiriakou, retired, of Turlock; Chris Hackler, retired, of Hughson; and Chris Borovansky, of Turlock, Stanislaus County Fair Manager. He also received a $250 donation from Robin Snider, of Turlock, self-employed real estate holdings.
White received $433.98 from the Election Committee for Nick Hacker for Turlock City Council, and $225 from PG&E Corporation of Fresno.
For newspaper advertisements, White spent $1,722.87 with the Modesto Bee and $1,380.24 with the Turlock Journal.
This period, the Turlock Associated Police Officers PAC received $10,000 and spent $6,383.20 for an ending cash balance of $3,616.80, with no outstanding debts. The PAC made expenditures for signs and fliers endorsing Gary Sosieth for Mayor, Bill DeHart and Matthew Jacob for City Council, each in the amount of $2,102.40.
Citizens for Yes on Measure B Committee has reported $1,250 in contributions this period for a total of $27,270 year-to-date. This period, the committee has spent $6,139.93 for a yearly total of $17,485.26. With no debt, the committee has $9,784.74 cash on hand.
The Committee’s notable donors include PG&E Corporation, of San Francisco, in the amount of $750, and Granite Construction Company, of Watsonville, in the amount of $500.
The Committee reported a $409.59 payment to Alexis Nascimento for Facebook advertisements, and a $5,730.34 payment for campaign literature and mailings to ABS Direct Inc. of Modesto.
The Turlock Action for Business PAC, or Turlock Chamber of Commerce PAC, did not file a 460 for this filing period.
This is the final filing period for candidates and committees before the Nov. 4 election. They will, however, still be required to report any contribution made or received of $1,000 or more within 24 hours until the day of the election.
The Nov. 4 election where Turlock voters will choose a new Mayor, two new Councilmembers, and decide the fate of two city-wide measures with long term implications for the City is sure to be interesting considered the near record spending and diversity of candidates.
Sergio Alvarado (No campaign finances required to report as of 10-18-14)
Turlock Action for Business PAC (No campaign finances reported as of 10-18-14)