Hospital board candidates pocket big donations
Candidates for the El Camino Hospital District's board of directors are courting voters with ads and mailers, according to recent campaign financial reports. Most of the candidates report taking in upwards of $10,000 in contributions and loans, and are spending that money on campaign literature, newspaper advertisements and website design services.
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.