Inks, Clark are top spenders in council race
Developers, unions and advocacy groups are making their presence felt in the latest round of campaign contributions in the City Council race.
According to the latest campaign finance reports, covering Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, Chris Clark is leading in fund-raising and spending so far, amassing a war chest that's just under the city's voluntary campaign expenditure limit of $21,388. Candidates who stay under the limit are reimbursed by the city for over $2,000 in fees.
Incumbent John Inks, who has spent over $16,000 so far, is in second place behind Clark, the top spender at slightly over $18,000.
Of the six candidates running for four seats on the council, Clark and incumbent Mike Kasperzak both reported contributions from Assemblyman Jerry Hill, who is running for state Senate against Mountain View resident Sally Lieber.
John McAlister reported the largest single cash donation, $2,000 from the Mountain View firefighters' union. Margaret Capriles netted the second-biggest amount in union contributions, for a total of $850 raised this period from construction-industry trades.
McAlister reported contributions this period of $6,094, made up of cash, loans and nonmonetary donations, bringing his total to $16,105. Besides the $2,000 from the Mountain View Professional Firefighters, his largest cash contributors were: $300 from the San Jose-based electrical workers' union, IBEW; $250 from Los Altos Hills resident Dick Henning, the founder of Celebrity Forums; and $120 from Realtor Roger Kao.
His campaign also logged a nonmonetary contribution worth $924 in sign stands from builder Don Bahl. McAlister loaned his campaign $2,000 this period, bringing the total loans he's made to $11,238.
He reported spending $4,834 this period, including $4,241 to Pacific Printing and $418 to Pony Express for campaign literature.
His campaign reported spending a total of $14,537 so far and has a cash balance of $1,212.
Clark reported contributions of $1,193 this period, bringing his total to $21,172. He reported four donors with contributions of over $100: the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, $300; the California League of Conservation Voters, $250; PG&E Corp., $200; and $150 from Assemblyman Jerry Hill.
He reported spending $12,375, including $6,955 to Pacific Printing for campaign literature; $1,487 for newspaper ads; $2,550 for postage paid to Pacific Printing; $460 to FedEx for campaign paraphernalia and $346 to Political Data in Burbank.
Clark's campaign has spent $18,047 to date, and has a cash balance of $3,125.
Kasperzak reported contributions of $1,574 this period, bringing his campaign's total to $15,422. He received five contributions of $250 each. They were from: Scott Ward, of Palo Alto-based developer Classic Communities; the Santa Clara League of Conservation Voters; Recology Inc., the city's garbage collection vendor; Claudia Coleman, a community volunteer who lives in Los Altos; and Eric J. Morley of Los Gatos-based Morley Bros. real estate investment company. Assemblyman Jerry Hill donated $150.
The campaign's biggest expenditure this period was for ads in the Voice, for $1,394. Kasperzak's campaign has spent a reported $9,621 to date, and has a cash balance of $7,346.
Capriles reported raising $2,299 this filing period, bringing her to a total of $13,706. Besides loaning her campaign $1,200, her biggest contributors were the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association with $300; the San Jose-based IBEW Education Fund, $300; and the Northern California Carpenters Council, $250.
Capriles reported spending $3,662 this period, bringing her campaign's total expenditures to $12,425. Her two expenditures were for $2,742 for postage and $914 for an ad in the Voice. Her campaign has spent a total of $12,425 to date, and she has $1,281 remaining, according to the report.
Inks' campaign raised $808 this period, bringing the total to date up to $12,007. Only two contributions of more than $100 were received: $250 from Palo Alto real estate developer Scott Ward of Mozart Development; and $250 from DJ Bahl of Mountain View, a general partner in Hagios Pneuma.
The campaign's biggest expenditures this period were $4,212 for postage, $3,026 to Express Printing and Graphics for a postcard mailer, and $1,440 for ads in the Voice. The campaign reported spending a total of $16,253 to date, and has a cash balance of $3,992.
Neal reported raising $1,050 in contributions this period, the bulk of which came from an $800 contribution he made himself. The remainder came from a $250 donation from Rob and Jackie Graham of the Sports Page in Mountain View. His campaign's total contributions to date are $2,725.
His campaign's biggest expenditures this period were for print ads, with a payment of $346 to the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association and $275 to the Monta Loma Neighborhood Association. His total expenditures to date are $2,233 and his campaign has a cash balance of $492.