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Vasquez, Spering lead in campaign money race

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From page A1 | April 02, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Incumbents lead the fundraising races for the June 3 Solano County Board of Supervisors elections.

Supervisor Jim Spering raised $32,997 for the 3rd District race for the Jan. 14 to March 17 reporting period, according to campaign financial reports filed with the county Registrar of Voters. That topped the amounts raised by his challengers, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, commercial real estate broker Michael Oman and Steven Lowe, owner of Salubrious medical marijuana dispensary.

Supervisor John Vasquez raised $41,189 for his 4th District race. That topped the amounts raised by his challengers, Dixon City Councilman Thom Bogue, farmer Gerald Clift and real estate agent Eugene Ray.

Although he raised $32,997 for the reporting period, Spering already had a balance in his campaign fund of $11,151. That allowed him to still have more than $32,000 on hand after spending $11,951.

Contributions included $1,000 from Jelly Belly; $400 from Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland; $2,500 from Waste Connections, which owns Potrero Hills Landfill near Suisun City; $1,000 from Republic Services, which provides garbage collection in Fairfield-Suisun City; $300 from Sheriff Tom Ferrara; $400 from Vasquez; $1,000 from local McDonald’s owner C.C. Yin; $450 from Solano County District Attorney Donald du Bain; and $1,000 from Doyle Wiseman of The Wiseman Co.

Spering spent $9,188 on Muelrath Public Affairs of Santa Rosa, Spering’s financial report said.

Bertani raised $24,974 and spent $9,763. Contributions included $15,000 from the Services Employees International Union Local 1021 Political Action Committee. The union represents county employees. She received $150 from former Fairfield Mayor Karin MacMillan, $100 from Supervisor Skip Thomson, and $100 from Assemblywoman Marika Yamada. She spent $4,900 on Marla Harvey Consultant.

Oman raised $5,822 and spent $2,581. He loaned $2,397 to himself.

Lowe did not file an in-depth list because he raised less than $1,000.

In the 4th District race, Vasquez raised $41,189, with $8,416 coming in nonmonetary contributions. He spent $11,181. Contributions included $500 from Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy; $1,000 from C.C. Yin; $1,099 from Republic Services; $2,500 from Waste Connections; $200 from Spering; $1,000 from Recology Vacaville Solano, which provides garbage collection in Vacaville; $250 from Rep. John Garamendi; $250 from Ferrara; and $250 from former Fairfield Mayor Gary Falati.

Bogue raised $5,336 and spent $2,017. He loaned himself $5,000.

Clift raised $2,260 and spent $948. Contributions included $1,000 from 3rd District candidate Lowe and $1,050 from Vacaville resident Paul Tu.

Ray did not file an in-depth list because he raised less than $1,000.

Candidates must next file financial reports on May 22.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • boomApril 02, 2014 - 1:35 am

    $15k single contribution? C'mon now Pammy!

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  • The MisterApril 02, 2014 - 6:14 am

    "An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought." Simon Cameron.

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 10:04 am

    So although she's bought, she's honest because she's loyal to those who bought her?"

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  • BobApril 02, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Nice preview of up coming sides on the next election For a change why don't we, the people that suffer with bad representation vote for some new people that want to give running the government a shot

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  • CD BrooksApril 02, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Looking like incumbent election victories...again. In November the citizens of Fairfield can elect a new Mayor and two new council persons. I will be voting a clean sweep. Ms. Bertani has made a decision declaring her intent to move up the political ladder leaving the lowly council position and unfulfilled promises behind. We will have to wait until 2016 to provide her that opportunity.

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  • AndreaApril 02, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    The lowly council position was a stepping stone for Bertani.

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  • Salty DogApril 02, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Bertani gets a $15,000 doller contribution from the seiu local 1021 union. Looks like she is bought and paid for by the union.

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  • AlfApril 02, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Well, if it wasn't crystal clear before, it is now. Ms. Bertani is shameless in her efforts to get a public officials job that pays the bills; and then continue her journey to the state capital. She was a prime target for SEIU to acquire and use for their own means. She is beholden to them for the rest of her political life, right where SEIU wants her. Higher pension obligations for cities, less money for services, higher taxes for the rest of us. If that's what you want, Ms. Bertani is your gal.

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  • CD BrooksApril 02, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Alf, she's shown her hand. I believe she'll be shown the door in 2016 and we'll probably not hear from her again. Politically speaking that is.

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Alf It was always crystal clear its not just raining coins!

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  • CarlosApril 09, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Alf, Would you rather vote for the incumbent who is a crook through and through? Read the grand jury reports going back to the 1980s. No wonder Spering hates the grand jury. Too bad we did not have a District Attorney with some cajones. Spering should be rotting in jail with all the deals he pulled. And now we have another District Attorney that supports Spering. Time to clean house.

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  • Salty DogApril 02, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Wow over half the money she raised coming from the union, she is just about he liberal democrat sell out looking to move up the political ladder on the backs of we the people. But I don't think she have any worry the uninformed voters will continue to vote for her.

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  • Dexter FowlerApril 02, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Now lets have a follow up article to see how much of the locally raised money is spent locally. Will the signs buttons mailers etc be done with local businesses? That should be a front page story.

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  • LarryApril 02, 2014 - 9:49 am

    I am not speaking on behalf of Pam Bertani, running for Board of Supervisor. However, when complaining about the contribution made by SEIU Union to Pam Bertani is very sad, that some people don't read, understand, comprehend the true meaning of making a political contribution to a candidate. No matter who is making a contribution the main reason for making it is " They want something in return." I will say this if you look at the contributions made to Jim Spering, all are Republicans, all have business, all have had article published in this newspaper. Now I only ask who is the candidate that is being bought, And one last thing your taxes didn't go up, just your fees for government services and look at your current Supervisor who approved those higher fees, sorry I mean higher taxes.

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 10:03 am

    "some people don't read, understand, comprehend the true meaning of making a political contribution to a candidate. No matter who is making a contribution the main reason for making it is " They want something in return." So Larry, since you are the only one who seems to be able to read, understand, comprehend,..." can you please explain to us country folk what the unions expect from Pam in return for a whopping 15K?

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Larry Do you know how many people start with a sentence with, "I am not trying to be rude," and go on to be rude. So you are "not trying to support Pam"?

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  • Salty DogApril 02, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Yes Mr Eberling let's have a follow up article as to where the money that the union gave to Pam Bertani is being spent will any of the $15,000 be spent here in Solano county or will it be spent elsewhere. The people she would be representing would like to know.

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  • LarryApril 02, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    You're not being fair to Pam Bertani. You are attaching her because the SEIU Union contributed $15.000 to her campaign. I only ask that you stop being anti-union and make comments with the truth of the manner. Let's discuss the $32.997 Jim Spering and the $41.189 John Vasquez raised from January - 14 March 2014. I could make the same statement about them being control by business. For you country folks the Union wants the same treatment that Waste Connections, and Republic Service wants. What is so hard to understand about that.

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  • Salty DogApril 02, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Larry How much of that money was raised by a single contribution that is the question you should be asking. The fact that over half of what she raised is what should be worrying you. You should stop being anti Business because with out any business you would not have jobs and with out the jobs you would not have unions.

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Larry you speak from both sides of your mouth, in one beath you say you are not speaking on her behalf or defending her and in the other you say we are not being fair to her. Pick a side.

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  • AndreaApril 02, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Larry You seem to have answers for Pam Bertani. Could you tell us where she is going to spend the 15 K the unions gave her and why she is receiving such a big endorsement from them?

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  • Dexter FowlerApril 02, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    I just want a follow up and WHERE the money raised HERE was spent. From ALL candidates. I sure hope ALL the money raised here was spent at LOCALLY owned businesses.It really made me mad when that measure P flyer came around asking us to raise taxes here and the mail permit was from out of Fairfield. Lets hold ALL candidates accountable. Come on Daily Republic print in the paper a detailed expense sheet from all the candidates.

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  • SalApril 02, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Funny to see a Larry emerge where The Mister leaves.

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  • Workin JoeApril 02, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    I'd like to know what FEA/SEIU got for there $15k donation when she ran City Council. "Nothing" comes to mind.

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  • Informed voterApril 02, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    It's funny how all the comments here are attacking Pam Bertani, but not one negative word about John Vasquez or JIm Spering. Though they haven't received a large contribution from one organization (yet- and they have in the past), they both received large contributions from developers who have had a heyday in Solano County. How many of those contributions are connected with the multimillion dollar giveaway to developers called Solano 360 that's going to leave taxpayers holding the bag? It's nice to single out and attack one person, but if you are truly concerned about political patronage and cronyism, you have to look no further than they guys who wrote the book, pass the laws and will continue to serve their interests and the interests of those who put them in office.

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  • JBApril 02, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    Do not vote for Ms. Bertani since she left her council position early. Let's ship her back to Oakland.

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  • BJApril 02, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    Seems Bertani is highly disliked and therefore the focus of public outrage.

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