Contribution Roundup: Who’s Giving to Whom?
Hillel Aron | January 23, 2013
We listed notable contributions to the Garcia campaign yesterday and updated contribution reports are due tomorrow, but while we’re waiting let’s take a look at the contributions to candidates from earlier this month:
•District 6 School Board member Steve Zimmer has raised $27,688 from notable donors including former State Assemblymember Betsy Butler (who lost her bid for re-election to Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom in part because she enraged school reformers by abstaining from voting on a bill that would have made it easier to fire teachers suspected of harming children), a $100 donation from Cerrell Associates, a lobbying firm; West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land ($150); West Hollywood Mayor Jeff Prang ($100); UTLA head lawyer Jesus Quinonez ($500); Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director of the Charter group YPI ($1,000). See full list here.
•Kate Anderson, running to unseat Zimmer in the Westside’s District 4, has raised more money than any other challenger — $113,050 — bolstered by $25,000 of her own money (technically a loan) and contributions from a number of charter school operators, advocates and “school reform” philanthropists. Anderson’s biggest windfall came from 35 members of the law firm she used to work at, Munger, Tolles & Olson. See full list of donations here.
For more notable contributors, click below.
•Antonio Sanchez, who’s running to replace Nury Martinez in the East Valley’s District 6, has raised $16,000. His direct contributors include three $1,000 checks from the Chernin family; $1,000 from Cindy Montanez, who’s running against Nury Martinez for City Council, and who’s also the cousin of Annamarie Montanez, who’s running for School Board in District 2; and $250 from The Political Machine, the name of lobbyist Steve Afriat’s business (see: Campaign Consultant Steve Afriat: Playing Both Sides of the WeHo Fence). See full list here.
• Montanez’s District 2 opponent, Robert Skeels, is second only to incumbent Monica Garcia in fundraising, although he lags far behind, with $14,031 raised (including $6,025 of his own money). But unlike his opponents, Skeels’ haul comes almost entirely from small donations of $5 to $100 and the majority of the donors are schoolteachers (see list here).