Is there a 'problem' with council campaign contributions?
Original post made
on Jul 31, 2007
Concurrent with the start of the City Council campaign season preceding the Nov. 6 election, a proposal for voluntary limits on contributions and expenditures is in the works at Palo Alto City Hall.
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posted Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 12:00 AM
Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 2, 2007 at 4:40 pm
While I do not view the guest opinion as overly general, it is true that the specifics are not matched up to names. My goal was primarily focused on how we can make things better without getting sidetracked by potential finger pointing.
Some of your questions can be answered in the spreadsheet I created. Anyone can receive it by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
But some information you requested is not there, because:
• The document I created identifies some groups (PACs, unions, etc), but not individuals or companies, and
• The final reporting period begins 16 days before the election, so contributions listed in this category are not exclusively post-election.
You are correct that all the information is publicly available, so here are some details related to your questions including some not in the spreadsheet.
The 2005 Morton campaign received 13 monetary contributions after the November 8 election. 11 of the 13 brought in over $5,000. The 11 included:
11/9, Marilyn Tarlton, $500
11/15, Roxy Rapp (of Rapp Development), $1,000
11/20, Michael Powers (of McNellis Partners), $250
11/20 John McNellis (of McNellis Partners), $250
11/20, Richard Jacobsen, $300
11/20, Doug Ross (of 909 Alma Development), $500
11/20, Curtis Peterson $500
12/13, Richard Peery (of Peery and Arrillaga), $250
12/13, John Arrillaga (of Peery and Arrillaga), $250
12/13, Jim Baer (of Premier Property), $1,000
12/19, Loren Brown (of Vance Brown Inc), $275
5 of the 11 had already contributed over $250. They included Roxy Rapp, Michael Powers, John McNellis, Richard Perry, and John Arrillaga, each of who had already contributed $275.
With regard to large non-monetary (i.e., "in-kind," fair market value) contributions mentioned in the guest opinion:
• Service Employees International Union Local 715 contributed over $3,300 to both the 2005 Peter Drekmeier and John Barton campaigns for a political mailing
• In 2003, "Yes on Measure C" contributed a $700 mailing for the Bern Becham campaign, over $1,800 for precinct walks for Skip Justman's campaign, and over $2,500 for a mailing and other literature distribution for Dena Mossar's campaign
• In 2003, Dan Dykwel contributed over $3,000 as a non-monetary contribution for catering and beverages at Dena Mossar's 2003 campaign kickoff.
• Other large non-monetary contributions went to several campaigns for professional services such as graphic design, advertising, and public relations. I was confused by these in-kind contributions, because my research indicates that personal volunteer services need not be counted as non-monetary contributions.