Campaign financing by the three candidates for the El Camino Healthcare District's two seats are a study in contrasts, according to reports filed Oct. 6.
Candidate and current Mountain View City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga reported funding her campaign entirely through monetary contributions. The reports cover campaign fundraising and spending for the period ending Sept. 30.
Candidate and practicing neurologist Peter Fung, on the other hand, paid for most of his campaign through loans to himself. While Abe-Koga garnered thousands of dollars from Mountain View firefighters, incumbent David Reeder received most of his contribution from anesthesiologists.
All three candidates reporting having at least $20,000 in their campaign account by the end of September, but spending varied considerably. Fung reported spending $18,778, Abe-Koga spent $9,737 and Reeder spent $7,204. On campaign expenditures, Abe-Koga and Reeder spent a bulk of their money on campaign advertisements and printing costs. Fung reported spending more than $6,000 campaign consultant services.
Margaret Abe-Koga was the first candidate to announce her run for the health care district board, and her finances followed suit. She received a total of $26,973 as of Sept. 30, but raised most of that money -- about $18,500 -- by June 30. She started receiving contributions as early as April 16, when Gary Kremen, Match.com CEO and candidate for the Santa Clara Valley Water District board, contributed $1,000 to her campaign.
Top contributors to Abe-Koga include the Mountain View Firefighters IAFF 1965, a local firefighter association, which contributed $4,000; $1,000 from the Democratic Activist for Women Now organization; $1,000 from the Evan Low for Assembly 2014 campaign committee; and $500 from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council.
Abe-Koga spent over $4,500 for campaign printing services to Pacific Printing in San Jose.
When Abe-Koga dropped her bid for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2012, she still had some funds remaining from that campaign. Abe-Koga said she has since transferred that money to a committee called "Margaret Abe-Koga for Supervisor 2016" in order to hold onto the funds, but told the Voice that she has no intention for running for supervisor in 2016 if she is elected to the El Camino Healthcare District. She said she intends to serve on the health care district board for the entire four-year term.
Peter Fung contributed $24,000 in loans to his own campaign, accounting for over 80 percent of his total contributions and bringing his total amount raised to $28,375. Other contributors include: $1,000 from retired Los Altos Hills resident Beatrice Hom; and donations of between $100 to $250 from 12 physicians who work with El Camino Hospital, including eight anesthesiologists from Fidere Anesthesia Consultants Inc.
Fung spent $5,505 on campaign signs from Cogs Signs in Modesto, and $6,279 in campaign consulting costs with Meridian Pacific, a firm that specializes in political consulting and public affairs. He also reported spending $3,000 on filing fees with the registrar of voters, and $1,672 on advertisements in local newspapers.
Incumbent David Reeder reported spending the least of the three candidates, with total expenditures of a little more than $7,200. Most of the money was spent on newspaper ads and printing campaign materials.
Reeder raised over $20,000 in monetary contributions as of Sept. 30, and made $2,000 in loans to his campaign. A lion's share of the contributions Reeder received comes from physicians with Fidere Anesthesia Consultants, Inc., a group of anesthesiologists who practice at El Camino Hospital. Reeder's campaign received 34 contributions of $250 each from physicians with the group, with some physicians donating more than once, for a total of $8,500.
Other contributions to Reeder's campaign included: $1,000 from Edward Taft, a retired Los Altos Hills resident and philanthropist; and $500 from Munjal Shah, a member of the El Camino Hospital foundation board and founder of the health company Health Equity Labs.