The next highest fund-raiser is Ellen Kamei, policy aide to county Supervisor Joe Simitian, who reported raising $21,288 in donations as of Sept. 30, the last day covered by the most recent campaign finance filing period.
Candidates Lisa Matichak, Pat Showalter, Margaret Capriles and Ken Rosenberg all raised between $15,000 and $17,500, while Lenny Siegel, with a large number of smaller donations, raised $8,040. Jim Neal and Greg Unangst reported that they are largely paying for their campaigns themselves, with Unangst loaning himself $21,000 and Neal loaning himself $2,809.
The bigger contributors to more than one candidate include landlords, labor groups, Democratic Activists For Women Now and PG&E. Landlords appear to be the biggest single type of donor in this year's election, as they have been in past elections, contributing $4,250 in total. This includes the California Apartment Association (CAA) — which represents apartment owners in Mountain View, and Todd Spieker, a real estate investor who owns numerous apartment complexes in Mountain View. There's also the Mountain View Housing Council (MVHC), a political action committee that council members say is made up mostly of apartment owners.
Margaret Capriles reported the most donations from landlord groups, a total of $1,500. Kamei took in $1,250, while Rosenberg and Showalter each received $750.
In candidate interviews with the Voice, Rosenberg and Capriles were the most vocal opponents of bringing rent control to Mountain View, while Showalter and Kamei didn't take a solid position. No candidates said they were in favor of seeking a rent control ordinance.
PG&E has also donated money to this year's council candidates, giving $250 each to Pat Showalter and Ellen Kamei. Ken Rosenberg says he was nearly sent a check from PG&E, until PG&E saw on his campaign website that he supports "community choice aggregation," a legal mechanism cities can adopt to allow residents to opt to collectively buy electricity generated from cleaner, carbon-free wind and solar energy sources — in competition with PG&E. A group of Mountain View residents are already meeting to discuss the possibility, and have set up a website: carbonfreemountainview.org
Rosenberg explained at Monday's Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association candidate forum that PG&E called his home to say, "We're not going to send him (Rosenberg) a check because he supports community choice aggregation."
Besides the usual banners, lawn signs, door hangers and mailers, candidates typically spent several thousand dollars on newspaper and newsletter ads, with some buying digital ads. Neal reported paying $229 to Facebook for ads, while Unangst paid Google $228 for online ads.
Matichak and Rosenberg each spent over $300 more than the others on neighborhood association newsletter ads, each spending $921 for ads in the newsletters of the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association, the Cuesta Park Neighborhood Association and Monta Loma Neighborhood Association. Siegel was the only one to not report any expenses for digital or print ads, and reported spending $463 on 500 brochures printed in Spanish.
Few paid political consultants. Rosenberg paid $275 to Fair Oaks-based Tab Communications and Unangst gave Chris Nicholson of Los Altos $3,000. Salem was the only candidate to expense "volunteer snacks" — worth about $125 — including coffee, ice cream and $87 in groceries. Showalter reported the priciest fund-raising event, spending $662 at the Tied House.
Total raised: $17,207
Notable contributions: $5,000 loan from herself; $5,000 from Cupertino resident and engineer Greg Schaffer; $500 from the California Apartment Association; $500 from Real Estate Investor Todd Spieker; $250 from the Mountain View Housing Council; $1,499 from resident Paul Edwards; $100 to $125 each from Konrad Sosnow, Robert Cox, Bob Weaver and council member Jac Siegel and his wife Sharon.
Total raised: $8,040
Notable contributions: $500 from the League of Conservation Voters in Palo Alto; $100 from former council member Greg Perry; $300 each from Michael Fischetti and his wife Marilyn Winkleby; $100 from transit planner Cliff Chambers; $150 from former Mountain View School District board member Betsy Collard; $100 from Google engineer Aldona Marjorek; $100 from community organizer Sylvia Villesenor; $890 in unitemized contributions of less than $100 each.
Notable contributions: $99 in unitemized contributions and a $2,809.03 personal loan from himself.
Notable contributions: $2,500 loan from himself; $500 from real estate investor Todd Spieker; $250 from Mountain View Housing Council; $250 from Sports Page bar manager Thomas Graham; $100 from Google program manager Deb Henigson; $150 from former Mountain View School District board member Betsy Collard.
Notable contributions: $2,000 from the Mountain View Firefighters Association; $500 from real estate investor Todd Spieker; $500 from the California Apartment Association; $500 from the Mountain View Housing Council; $100 from Rich Gordon for state Assembly; $125 from City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga; $200 from former mayor Art Takahara; $2,000 worth of food from Larry Chu, owner of Chef Chu's restaurant in Los Altos.
Notable contributions: $1,000 from Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN); $200 from San Jose City Council member Ash Kalra, $250 from Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building and Construction Trades Council PAC; $250 from Campbell City Council member Evan Low; $500 from the California Apartment Association; $500 from real estate investor Todd Spieker; $250 from Mountain View Housing Council PAC; $150 from Khahn Russo, Cisco systems; $200 from PG&E.
Notable contributions: $4,000 loan from herself; $500 from Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN); $500 from the California Apartment Association; $500 from Santa Clara Valley Water District COO Norma Camacho; $250 from Sports Page bar manager Thomas Graham; $250 from International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21; $200 from Rod Diridon Sr.; $250 from the Mountain View Housing Council; $200 from PG&E; $200 from the CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Carl Guardino.
Notable contributions: $21,000 loan from himself.
Notable contributions: $8,000 loan from herself; $1,500 from Jamshid Salem; $1,200 Thomas and Theodore Biagini of Biagini properties; $1,200 from Azadeh Hariri of A&F properties; $1,200 from founder of Pars Equality Center Bita Daryabari; $1,200 from founder of Columbus Nova Technology Partners Mohsen Moazami; $600 from Michelina Gauthier, Discovery Channel senior vice president; $1,500 from Ciema Salem, senior counsel at Mattel, Inc.
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