Reports close books on Solano DA race spending

By From page A3 | August 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The deadline for the most-recent campaign reporting period passed this past week, which includes the final weeks leading up to the June primary election.

Reports of spending and expenditures submitted Thursday and Friday for the Solano County district attorney’s race showed some shifts in spending by the two candidates but did not reveal major changes in the outcome in which incumbent Donald A. du Bain ended up the loser to challenger Krishna Abrams.

Du Bain updated his contribution records to change his contributions to his own campaign. All of the $420,000 he pumped into the race is now in the form of zero-interest loans. With the contributions to his campaign, he had a total of $448,874 to spend.

Most of du Bain’s total spending, $396,210, was spent on a series of glossy mailers sent to voters. Design, printing and postage spending added up to more than $285,000 for du Bain’s campaign.

Du Bain’s campaign ended up spending roughly $17 for each vote he received while Abrams’ campaign spent roughly $3 for every vote she received to beat du Bain 51 percent to 48 percent.

Abrams had $69,689 in contributions and she spent $75,638.

Du Bain’s reliance on mailers contrasted with the strategy employed by Abrams, who spent one-tenth as much on mailers, a bit more than $19,000. Abrams also spent money on radio advertising and Facebook advertising. Her campaign also benefitted from full-page newspaper ads published in all the county’s major newspapers. Those ads, critical of du Bain and endorsing Abrams, were paid for by several local criminal defense attorneys.

Abrams also benefitted from considerable last-minute cash contributions from supporters, which altogether added up to nearly $70,000 in contrast to the nearly $29,000 donated to du Bain’s campaign.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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