A couple of local urban blog legends are “developer controlled money buys our local elections” and “whoever spends the most wins elections.” Neither could be further from the truth.
Here’s a partial list of the $10,000+ aggregate donors from 2004-2013:
Joan Gallegos, attorney (and his wife) – Eureka, CA: $43,700 (campaign loan)Blue Lake Casino: $61,000
Ester Saunoras & Richard Cogswell, Lost Coast Winery – Petrolia, CA: $32,620
Blue Lake Casino: $30,000
David Gallegos: $25,000
Jennifer Keller, attorney – Irvine, CA: $18,500
Rob and Cherie Arkley, Security National – Eureka, CA: $17,000
Jaime O’Donnell – developer, Trinidad, CA: $14,228
Bear River Casino: $10,000
Orlando Gallegos – New Mexico: $10,000
Bonnie Neely is a close second with:
Bill Pierson, Pierson Building Center & Sedgefield (Bill’s middle name) Properties: $52,590And in third place is Patrick Cleary with:
Master Plan Development, Inc. of Dana Point, CA: $10,000
Blue Lake Casino: $25,000Considering that Blue Lake Casino spent $94,475 in the 2010 elections alone, where was our local mainstream media writing about the “influence of money” in our local elections? If you think the Times-Standard and the North Coast Journal are in the news business, you’re wrong. From their perspective, which do they think is more important: in-depth investigative journalism or selling advertising? That’s an easy answer.
Bill Pierson: $15,000
He mentions the cost of the DA's races. It's worth noting. With Gallegos out of the race, does a prospective DA candidate have to raise $300,00 just to compete?
No, this will be a less expensive race (except for the fact that the price of everything the candidates have to buy has gone up).
Or - it should be. Won't be if Salzman and Co. are involved. Something for all who are running to keep in mind.