Sentinel staff report–
Big money is pouring into the Citrus Heights City Council race this year, with amounts already topping the usual $10-20,000 raised by candidates in order to win local election.
According to the latest campaign finance filings, Porsche Middleton’s campaign has by far out-raised and out-spent all other campaigns, reporting total contributions for the year at $41,139 and expenditures at $39,768. Treston Shull came in second for fundraising with a total of $25,000, followed by appointed incumbent Al Fox, and incumbents Vice Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Mayor Steve Miller. The mayor is the only candidate to report less than $10,000 in donations for the year.
So who’s funding the candidates?
Middleton’s top donor is the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California PAC, which donated $5,000 to her campaign and is known for vocally supporting the recent gas tax increase — something Middleton also said she supports as a way to fund backlogged road repairs. She also reported a non-monetary contribution of $7,000 from The Blocs, which rents out private offices at 2277 Watt Ave., where she held a fundraiser in June.
Her largest expenditure has been a $5,000 payment to the law firm of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, which represented her in suing the City of Citrus Heights for the right to have her title of Planning Commissioner included on election ballots.
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Bruins’ top donor is SAFE Credit Union, which donated $2,000 to her campaign this year, followed by three donors who each gave $1,000 to her campaign: King’s Casino, the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce PAC and longtime resident and land owner Ted Mitchell. Her total contributions through the latest Sept. 22 reporting period were listed at $11,515, with at least another $1,000 contribution coming in after the filing period from the Sacramento Metro Chamber PAC. (Candidates are required to file a supplemental report within 24 hours of receiving a contribution totaling over $1,000.)
Of the $3,600 she reported spending through the last reporting period, her largest expenditure was around $1,500 spent on campaign signs.
Shull reported receiving $25,000 in total contributions, along with another $2,000 donation by the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria that came in after the September filing period. Shull, who works as a labor relations manager, reported top donors from six labor political action committees who each gave his campaign $2,500 apiece.
Of the $16,000 his campaign has spent so far, his largest expenditure has been $5,000 in campaign consulting expenses paid to Tab Communications, a Fair Oaks-based consulting firm that has also managed campaigns for Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Fox reported receiving about $15,000 in total contributions through Sept. 22, soon followed by another $12,000 in large contributions. Fox’s top donors are three PAC’s who each donated $5,000 apiece: Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association PAC, Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter PAC, and Western Electrical Contractors Association Good Government PAC. Of the $8,600 his campaign reported spending, Fox’s largest expenditure has been $4,005 for campaign signs.
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Mayor Miller, who is seeking his fourth term on the City Council, showed the least amount of fundraising activity through the Sept. 22 filing period, with just $6,800 in total contributions reported. Since then, he has only reported receiving an additional $3,000 from a trio of thousand-dollar donations, bringing his total campaign contributions for the year to just under $10,000.
Of the $5,800 his campaign spent, his largest expenditure reported was $2,343 to A-Applied Mailing Service, likely for his early campaign mailer that hit mailboxes across Citrus Heights during the first week vote-by-mail ballots were sent out.
Campaign disclosures are required by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for local candidates who raise or spend over $2,000. Two pre-election disclosure filings are required by the commission, with an additional requirement for candidates to file a separate form each time a donation of $1,000 or more is received.
The next FPPC reporting deadline is Oct. 25, 2018. To see all the candidates’ full campaign finance filings, click here.
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