The Final Official Election Campaign Statements

Follow the Money!

Across the entire nation, and with good reason, pundits are saying the fate of local elections often rests more in the money being put into them than any other factor-as the money goes, so too does the election. Santa Barbara County residents will have to wait until November 5 to find out whether this applies to races here as well, but in the meantime, we can ponder the financial state of local campaigns as of October 23, the last official filing date.


John MacKinnon

Total raised: $121,557.32

Remaining funds: $9,035.28

Significant contributors: Evelyn MacKinnon, retired teacher and MacKinnon’s mother ($101,800); Santa Barbara Prosecutors Against Crime ($2,500); Sue Burrows, Montecito Planning Commissioner ($100); Judge Rogelio Flores ($160.54).

Other notes: MacKinnon has loaned his campaign $200.

Jed Beebe

Total raised: $69,952.07

Remaining funds: $3,303.09

Significant contributors: Nathan Beebe ($1,000).

Other notes: Many attorneys pop up on his most recent filing. Beebe has loaned his campaign $44,128.07.

3rd District

Steve Pappas

Total raised: $441,551

Remaining funds: $12,620

Significant contributors: Southland Properties ($2,000), Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic ($37,000), Hope Ranch PAC ($5,000), Anne V. Crawford-Hall Enterprises ($102,500), Mark Herthel ($25,100), Mark Herthel-owned Platinum Performance ($35,900), musician Jan Crosby ($43,000).

Other notes: Pappas had no contributions of less than $100 this period. His campaign still has $47,500 in outstanding loans owed to himself.

Doreen Farr

Total raised: $579,650

Remaining funds: $43,738

Significant contributors: Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum ($200), former supervisor Gail Marshall ($750), Wayne Siemens ($10,000), former member of the S.B. City Council David Landecker ($1,250), S.B. Planning Commissioner Bendy White ($1,200), Action Fund United Domestic ($3,000), Hope Ranch PAC ($2,500), attorney Patrick Nesbitt ($5,000), PUEBLO ($7,060 in staff time and office supplies), California State Council Service Employees International Union ($83,000).

Other notes: Farr has loaned her campaign $5,000. She received $819 in contributions under $100 in the last contribution period.

Ballot Measures

Yes on Measure A

Total raised: $307,726.10

Remaining funds: $34,754.41

Significant contributors: Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Issue Committee ($15,000), Granite Construction Company ($30,000), HNTB Corporation ($5,000), RBF Consulting ($10,000), Laborers’ Local union #220 ($12,500), SEIU Local 620 ($10,000), Western Emulsions, Inc. ($10,000), MNS Engineers Inc. ($13,247 for postage, printing, and copying), PUEBLO ($8,413.49 for campaign workers).

Other notes: Many contributions come from construction and transportation companies or interest groups, from as close as Santa Barbara to as far away as Dallas.

Santa Barbara School Board

Jacqueline Inda

Total raised: $1,303.62

Remaining funds: $0

Significant contributors: S.B. Women’s Political Committee ($250), PUEBLO ($938.72-in-kind campaign worker).

Charlotte Ware

Total raised: $6,362.00

Remaining funds: $1,923.02

Significant contributors: John Davies ($1,000).

Ed Heron

Total raised: $25,477

Remaining funds: $8,418.91

Significant contributors: Ben Romo, director, County Education Office ($100); Michael Towbes, developer ($100).

Other notes: $1,130 in contributions were $100 or less. Significant support from the real estate community.

Susan Deacon

Total raised: $11,780.53

Remaining funds: $5,930.74

Significant contributors: Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($250); Kate Parker, S.B. School Boardmember ($150); PUEBLO ($1,481.53-in-kind campaign worker).

Other notes: $450 in contributions were $100 or less. Deacon loaned herself $1,110.

Goleta City Council

Jean Blois

Total raised: $24,510.06

Remaining funds: $12,494.46

Significant contributors: S.B. County Firefighters Government Committee ($2,500), California Real Estate PAC ($1,500), Goleta Electric ($1,000), Schwan Bros., Inc. ($1,000), S.B. Rental Property Association ($500), Splitting Rock Ranch ($500), La Sumida Nursery ($250), Sempra Energy ($250).

Other notes: Goleta PAC donated $6,659.12 to the Blois campaign for mailers.

Margaret Connell

Total raised: $52,913

Remaining funds: $17,032.46

Significant contributors: Turnpike Lodges LTD/Ramada ($2,500), South Coast Inn ($5,000), Sanders Family, LLC ($3,500), Pacifica Suites ($3,000), Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County ($300), Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee ($500), The Tri-Counties Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($500), Central Service and Supply ($500), Friends of Salud Carbajal ($500), Friends of Helene Schneider ($250), Friends of Goleta PAC ($9,257-paid for mailers and ads).

Ed Easton

Total raised: $49,343

Remaining funds: $9,921

Significant contributors: Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee ($250), Sanders Family, LLC ($3,500), South Coast Inn ($10,000), Pacifica Suites ($3,000), Turnpike Lodges ($7, 500), Friends of Goleta PAC ($9,257-paid for mailers and ads).

Don Gilman

Total raised: $29,809

Remaining funds: $1,049.08

Significant contributors: Camino Real, LLC ($250), Home Builders Association of the Central Coast PAC ($1,000), Santa Barbara Rental Property Association ($500), Wyatt Technology Corporation ($1,000), Conquest Investments ($1,500), Santa Barbara County Firefighters Government Committee ($2,500), California Real Estate PAC ($1,500), Goleta PAC ($6659.12-paid for mailers).

Carpinteria City Council

Joe Armendariz

Total raised: $20,147

Ending balance: $5,308.88

Significant contributors: S.B. County Deputy Sheriffs Association ($5,000), Peace Officers Research Association of CA ($1,000), Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians ($1,000), Tony Romasanta ($1,000), Hollman Property Company ($1,000), Lincoln Club of Santa Barbara County ($500), Olivera Investment Company ($250), Sempra Energy ($250), Hickey Bros. Land Co. ($250).

Other notes: Most were contributions from outside Carpinteria, including money from Lanny Ebenstein, Willy Chamberlin, and John Romo. Spent $500 to be included in “California Voter Guide” and more than $1,300 on Coastal View News advertising.

Chuck McQuary

Total raised: $8,342

Ending balance: $4,992.54

Significant contributors: Dan Emmet ($1,000), Friends of Salud Carbajal ($2,500), Friends of Roger Aceves ($100), Robert and Donna Jordan ($200).

Other notes: Spent $1,400 on Coastal View News advertising.

Steve McWhirter

Total raised: $6,232.88

Ending balance: $307.12

Significant contributors: Lincoln Club of Santa Barbara County ($500), Hollman Property Co. ($1,000), Hickey Brothers Land Co. ($250).

Other notes: Loaned himself $1,750; spent $500 to be listed in the “California Voter Guide” and more than $2,300 on Coastal View News advertising.

Kathleen Reddington

Total raised: $5,707.26

Ending balance: $2,465.03

Significant contributors: Royce and Mildred Stauffer ($1,000), Dan and Rae Emmett ($1,000), Nancy Dunn George ($500), Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee ($250), Donald and Vera Bensen ($200).

Other notes: Spent $1,000 on Coastal View News advertising.

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