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Campaign figures: Espinosa garnered $41,744

Original post made on Feb 2, 2008

In the days before the November 2007 City Council election, donations poured into the sizable coffers of Sid Espinosa, who amassed $41,744 during the campaign, funds that propelled him to an election night win.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 1, 2008, 2:45 PM

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Posted by Angry Voter
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 2, 2008 at 6:29 am

This is outrageous! A council member spending $28,940 on campaign expenditures, and receiving $41,744 in contributions.

This money should be donated towards our libraries, city funds, or our schools - all of it. Wasn't it reported that he lives for free in the newly remodeled historic home of HP, and shares an apt somewhere? He should be able to rent his own home or apartment, and start paying some serious property taxes like the rest of us. I am appalled!

If Greg can win for $1,605, the other candidates should donate their money to charitable and civic organizations within our city, and be able to show proof of doing such. Greg is smart and accountable.

What are the laws here regarding these funds? Are they counted as taxable income?

What about those school board candidates?
Barbara Klausner earned some big bucks.
All the school board candidates should donate their money (all of it) back to our schools, and I don't mean Castilleja!

How can any of these candidates account for spending so much money on a city election?

Yard signs do not cost much, and they did not have travel expenses.
The pre-election campaigns and coffee's were all local, with the exception of one held by the union.

Maybe I am missing something?

I would like a list of expenditures please.

Greg(an accountant)is exempt.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 2, 2008 at 9:57 am

Ditto.


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Posted by No-Sid-Fan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2008 at 10:18 am

What's amazing is that most people had never heard of this guy before, and all of a sudden he's on the Council with these kinds of bucks in this pocket.

Ya' gotta wonder just what he has promised to whom?


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Posted by Angry Voter
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 2, 2008 at 11:28 am

I would like to make a correction to my post, I should have stated that Greg made $14,074.

It would be helpful if Becky could provide some of the costs that are charged to run box ads on Palo Alto Online, and in hard copy.

I would be interested to know how any candidate could possibly spend this much money in so short a time.

I am just curious as to how it was spent, and a follow up with the regulations regarding the guidelines of donations.

Dykwel and Ross should be accountable too - $23,000+ contributions.

Tim Gray was only accepting donations which were linked to purchasing carbon credits online - highly commendable.


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Posted by Another AV
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Hewlett Packard always makes sure it has a representative on the city council. Fazzino, Ojakian, now Espinosa. Doesn't hurt to have a major corporation and its employees support you.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 2, 2008 at 1:39 pm

It costs money to run a campaign. A single mailing can cost $5K. There are lawn signs to buy, newspaper and other media ads to pay for, etc. etc. It's expensive.

Leftover funds can be maintained in an account for future runs.

If you want details of expenditures, they're available in the City Clerk's office - where they are meticulously updated and archived. All funds have to be accounted for, by state law.


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Posted by Another AV
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Sometimes newspapers print all the donations received by candidates including donations made after the deadline.
It's a lot of work to go to the Clerk's office, it is really public information that is best covered by the newspapers. No one is suggesting wrongdoing but it is important to know where the money comes from.


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Posted by Clarence
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Well, if it's that important to you, go down to the Clerk's office and get the data! Better yet, why don't you try to run a campaign?
Both the weekly and the daily boiled it down pretty well, I'd say. It takes money to run a campaign, and you can't fault a candidate for accepting it. I'm sure it was spent on all of the things you'd expect it to be spent on-- ads, print materials, coffees, website, etc.
It seems to me that some people are just looking for an outlet of anger. I don't know why people would subject themselves to running for public office in this city. God bless them for volunteering.


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Posted by angry voter 2
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 6, 2008 at 12:04 am

if the campaign platform was really serious about "transparency" then the campaign budget should be exposed. accountability is an issue.


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Posted by Angry Voter
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 6, 2008 at 12:40 am

Mike says City Hall keeps details of the expenditures.

Where is the money kept? In a personal interest bearing account?

Mike seems to know that mailings cost $5K.

Most of the candidates and their aides simply handed out campaign brochures at the various funcions.

I never received any mailings from candidates.

Did any candidates mail their campaign material?

The bottom line is where is the money?

How many council members pay high property taxes like the rest of us?

They are voting on issues to raise our property taxes, when most contribute very little in property taxes.


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