The biggest fundraiser so far is Dennis Chiu, with more than $19,000, while the team of incumbents — John Zoglin and Wes Alles — has spent about $15,870 so far on their joint campaign — about $1,000 more than the $14,763 they have raised. The filing period covers Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.
The next campaign spending reports are due Oct. 25.
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Zoglin and Alles have established a joint campaign finance committee — Zoglin and Alles for El Camino Hospital Board 2012 — and reported their finances to the county registrar of voters together.
A portion of the money raised by the joint committee was taken in before Alles joined. The committee has raised a great deal of money from individual donors giving sums of money in the $100 to $500 range. Among those smaller donors, Mark Fischer-Colbrie, CEO of a medical technology company called Labyte, gave $500; Dr. Richard Gilman, an El Camino Hospital physician, gave $250; and Earl Fry, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Informatica Corp., which makes healthcare products, gave $250. The largest donation, $1,500, came from the California Hospital Association Political Action Committee.
According to the documents filed with the registrar's office, the joint committee has spent more than $10,000 on campaign literature, $3,000 for an official campaign statement to be printed on the county's voter guide, $1,600 on print advertisements with the Los Altos Town Crier, $242 on web services and $350 on campaign paraphernalia. Zoglin has also taken out advertisements in this newspaper.
Dennis Chiu raised the most money of all the candidates — $19,632 — pulling in several large donations, in the $500 to $1,000 range from individuals, including the vice mayor of Campbell, Evan Low. He also received a contribution of $2,500 from the SEIU-UHW. Chiu also loaned himself close to $6,000.
He reported spending $11,170 in the filing period — a great deal of it on campaign literature ($7,921) and on the official campaign statement that appears in county-issued voter materials ($3,000). He also spent $150 on web design and $99 on campaign paraphernalia.
Bill James raised a little more than $10,700 in contributions and loans during the filing period. Notable among his smaller donors, Mountain View councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga donated $250 to James' campaign. The candidate has loaned himself $10,000.
The largest items on James' list of expenditures include $1,756 on campaign literature, $1,247 on yard signs and $450 for professional graphic design from a Palo Alto design firm. In total, James reported spending $3,932 on his campaign.
Julia Miller raised the least of all the candidates — pulling in $5,801 from a variety of $100 to $250 donations. She was given $750 by Michael E. Fox, a retired business owner from Saratoga, and $2,500 from the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW).
Miller reported spending $3,359 — $150 on her website, $150 on print advertisements and $3,000 on an official candidate statement to appear on the county voter guide.