Mountain View Voice

News - November 2, 2012

School candidates stay frugal

by Nick Veronin

The race for three open seats on the Mountain View Whisman School District board continues to be a relatively low-cost endeavor, with all five candidates combined raising no more than $13,000. No single candidate reported raising more than $4,000, according to the most recent round of campaign finance reports provided by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office.

The reports, the last to be filed before Election Day, cover expenditures and fundraising from Oct. 1-20.

The biggest fundraiser so far in this campaign has been Jim Pollart, who has gathered $3,951 from donors — narrowly edging out Bill Lambert, who has raised a total of $3,425. It is Lambert, however, who has spent the most — $3,123 — just outpacing Pollart, who spent $1,950 as of this latest report.

Recently, Lambert's campaign has been spending his money on professional services — like $1,000 for website design and $500 on graphic design — and on flyers and lawn signs.

Pollart has also been spending his money on professional services — such as $500 on website design — as well as on campaign promotional materials, reporting an expenditure of about $1,250 at victorystore.com, a site specializing in campaign signs and other promotional signs.

Steven Nelson comes in third in terms of money raised. However, the $3,080 he has brought in to his campaign has all come from his own pocket. As of the last campaign finance report filed by Nelson's campaign, he had spent about $515 on web-related fees, advertisements and on smaller un-itemized payments of under $100.

Other candidates are taking in significantly less, and spending very little. Peter Darrah has only spent $596 of the $1,309 that he has raised so far — $200 on fees to the registrar's office, $375 on lawn signs and a little more than $20 on banking fees.

And Christopher Chiang has pledged to raise no more than $1,000 for his entire campaign. Because he has taken this pledge, Chiang is not required to keep detailed records of how much he raises or spends on the campaign. But, according Chiang, as of Oct. 24, he had spent $372 — $200 on the campaign filing fee and the rest on promotional materials he made himself at home.

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