Financial documents released Tuesday provide an updated picture of the fundraising efforts made on behalf of the people and issues set to be debated during the June 3 primary election. Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf (pictured) and Goleta City Councilmember Roger Aceves had been fairly neck and neck as of December 2013, but those numbers, combined with 2014 figures, put Wolf in the lead by approximately $60,000. Her war chest weighs in at $214,375 — with $122,533 raised in 2014 — while Aceves’s comes in at $154,441, with $48,534 raised in 2014.
Almost half of Wolf’s 2014 donations came from Service Employees International Union, its statewide political committee giving her $40,000 and the Local 620 branch doling out $20,000. She also received $15,000 from the Santa Barbara County Firefighters Government Committee and relatively small donations from those in the environmental community and current and former Santa Barbara politicians. Wolf said she is “proud” of her support from labor groups, noting the cuts employees have experienced in recent years. “This report continues to reflect my broad base and bipartisan support from my district,” she said.
Significant donors to Aceves this year included the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association ($5,000 in 2014 and in 2013), Santa Maria Energy ($10,000), and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians ($5,000). Other, smaller contributions included those from real estate and development officials. “All five districts have a vested interest in who takes the 2nd District seat,” Aceves said.
Supervisor Peter Adam’s much-maligned Measure M — which would require the supervisors to allocate an extra $18-$21 million per year to maintain county-owned facilities — showed 2014 earnings of $25,500. The Montecito-based Neighborhood Defense League and retired highway builder Ron Pulice donated $20,000 and $5,000, respectively. Last year, the measure attracted $81,700 in donations, including $10,000 each from Nancy Crawford-Hall, the Neighborhood Defense League, and Santa Maria Energy, which received support from Adam in November’s board decision on its drilling project.
In the Sheriff’s race, Sheriff Bill Brown has amassed $18,339 since January 1, including $4,100 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. Sgt. Sandra Brown — who agreed to the race’s voluntary expenditure limit of $153,000 — has netted more than $12,000 in 2014, including $1,000 from Adam, whose measure shares the same Salinas-based consulting firm as Sgt. Brown’s campaign. The candidates’ combined donations from 2013 and 2014 brought their respective totals to $128,682 for Sheriff Brown and just more than $51,000 for Sgt. Brown.
Representative Lois Capps, in a bid to reclaim her 24th Congressional District seat, amassed $986,991 in funds through the end of 2013. (Figures for 2014 won’t be released for another few weeks.) Challenger Justin Fareed collected $109,288; Paul Coynen Jr. raised $60,704; and Dale Francisco took in $26,200. Bradley Allen and Alexis Stuart recorded no fundraising.