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Ken Dauber, Catherine Crystal Foster maintain campaign finance leads

Second finance statement filings illustrate Palo Alto school board candidates' spending

With almost one week left until Election Day, Palo Alto school board candidates Ken Dauber and Catherine Crystal Foster still lead in campaign contributions.

According to the latest campaign finance filings, which cover the period of Oct. 1-18, Dauber has received an additional $3,646 in donations, bringing his coffers up to $33,526.

Foster took in $3,327 the first few weeks of October, trailing Dauber closely with $32,366 in contributions throughout the campaign.

Gina Dalma received $2,710, bringing her total campaign contributions to $25,398, which is the lowest amount of the four candidates.

Terry Godfrey collected slightly less than Dalma during this period -- $2,615 -- but still tops her total contributions with $30,561, though $9,000 of that comes from a loan -- $5,000 from her husband, Steve Godfrey, and $4,000 of her own money. According to Godfrey's finance statement, George Kadifa, executive vice president of HP, and his wife Sally chipped in a significant portion of this period's contributions with a $1,000 donation.

Dalma outspent all of her fellow candidates during this period, spending $7,776 on a mailer and postage, close to $2,000 on the printing and delivery of a flyer and about $2,800 on the creation and proliferation of a door hanger.

Dalma reported an ending cash balance of $434.

Comparatively, Godfrey spent $5,583; Dauber $9,719 and Foster $11,523 (close behind Dalma's $12,932) on advertising, campaign flyers and other fees.

Dauber also has the most cash left to spend ($6,901) compared to Godfrey's ending cash balance of $6,482 and Foster's, $5,057.

The fifth Palo Alto school board candidate, Jay Cabrera, has said he's running a "no money, no solicitation campaign" and has not spent nor received any money. Candidates who do not form campaign committees are not obligated to file a Form 460.

To view each candidate's finance disclosure statement, go to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' website.

Read about the candidates' initial campaign finance statements and their top 10 donors here.

For more on the school board election, head to our 2014 Election Central.

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Posted by accuracy
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

You report that Terry Godfrey raised $30,561 but do not report that $9,000 was a loan from herself. She did not raise that money. Her actual fundraising total was $21,561. That puts her behind Dalma in actual, i.e., funds donated by supporters. Your story would be more accurate if you corrected it to say (1) Gina is third in fundraising (though 4th in funds); (2) Terry has 30,561 of which 21,561 was donated and the rest was self-funded. Doesn't mean Terry did anything wrong at all but this is not accurate.

By the same standard of this reporting you should say that Gary Kremen has "fundraised" nearly $400K.

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Posted by Disillusioned supporter
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on Oct 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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