Where do candidates get donations from?

With historic levels of donations being poured into San Jose’s mayoral race, newly released campaign reports reveal that political newcomer Matt Mahan has garnered the most — thanks in large part to development and real estate interests — while Santa Clara County Supervisor Chavez came in close after expanding his job. basis for exploiting big business money as well.

In what is expected to be the most expensive race in San Jose history, early campaign finance reports filed in the 2022 mayoral race show Mahan raised $504,169 as of Dec. 31, 2021, Chavez 479 $346, council member Raul Peralez $267,548 and council member Dev Davis $169,971.

While several prominent South Bay developers and real estate moguls, such as Gary Dillabough and Mark Tersini, have each donated to three or more campaigns, the candidates have also tapped into their own individual bases.

Some of Mahan’s biggest donors included real estate executives from Brandenburg Properties and developers like Jay Paul and John Sobrato. Mayor Sam Liccardo’s sister and father also each donated the maximum $1,400 to Mahan’s campaign, signaling who the mayor and his political action committee will likely back and support financially, though they don’t have no official announcement yet.

Chavez, a longtime labor leader, appears to be getting a big boost with the help of longtime Silicon Valley power couple Carl and Leslee Guardino. Some of Chavez’s biggest donors include Leslee Guardino’s public relations firm, Canyon Snow Consulting, and the company’s current or former clients such as the San Francisco 49ers, Glydways and Core Companies.

Mayoral candidates in the June 2022 primary elections in San Jose have been cleared to begin fundraising on December 9, 2021. Contributions to their campaigns are limited to a total of $1,400 per person, company or organization with a purpose. non-profit.

Mahan, a former tech entrepreneur, attributes his fundraising lead to many grueling hours spent researching past campaign finance reports and cold calling and emailing former major donors to their support. In some cases, he credited the mayor with helping him introduce himself to several of these donors.

“I don’t think we’ve had huge benefits other than being more organized and building a really big roster,” he said. “I’m the only candidate in the running with extensive experience in the private sector and I have a credible plan to hold government accountable to deliver results and I think that’s what people want right now.”

Asked about Guardino’s role in her fundraising efforts, Chavez said her campaign team had “a lot of help from a lot of people.”

In addition to some big-name corporations and developers, Chavez has received support from labor groups like Working Partnerships USA and non-profit organizations like the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Asian Law Alliance, and the Asian Pacific. American Leadership Foundation.

“I want to run a campaign like I would run a city – with everyone participating, that’s why you see the business world and you see leaders from non-profit organizations, from the labor movement and from neighborhood leaders” , Chavez said. “There is a place for everyone at the table.”

Chavez’s contributions included $2,800 from members of the Bumb family, owners of Casino 101. City rules prohibit campaign donations from card room owners, executives and their spouses. Asked by this news agency about the Dec. 28 donations on Wednesday, Chavez said she was unaware of the regulations, then later texted to say she was returning the money.

Councilman Peralez — who represents downtown San Jose and will battle Chavez to gain support from labor organizations in the area — hopes to close his fundraising shortfall over the next few months and win the approval of key organizations like the South Bay Labor Council and other South Bay Democrat groups. He says his position as the only candidate who supports laws that allow more than one home in single-family lots (SB 9) and grants non-citizens the right to vote will make him stand out from the rest of the field.

“I’m not as concerned about where it puts me in fundraising for a given deposit period,” Peralez said. “It’s really about ‘Do I have the ambition and the resources to run a successful race?’ And the answer is yes.”

Councilwoman Davis, the fourth major candidate in the race, trails her three competitors in fundraising. Davis, who represents Willow Glen and the Rose Garden area, has raised about a third of the funds available to Mahan and would compete with him for support from the city’s business faction.

“At this point she has less money to spend, but also because fundraising is harder when you’re lagging behind,” said Terry Christensen, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Washington. State of San Jose.

But Davis says she remains confident and “isn’t basing” her campaign on fundraising.

“I didn’t have the help of a great fundraising interest, so I wasn’t surprised by the first two,” she said. “I’m very clear about who I am and where I stand and I know people are with me.”

Davis said she’s seen an increase in support for her campaign following several positions in recent City Council business, including her opposition to granting the vote to city residents who are not citizens and his opposition to the city’s historic insurance and gun fee mandate.

South Bay’s most influential political groups have yet to announce the candidates they are backing on Thursday, but that hasn’t stopped them from raising big bucks in the pipeline.

Liccardo’s new political fundraising committee — called Common Good Silicon Valley — has raised $245,600 as of Dec. 31, according to its filing. The mayor’s chief of staff, Jim Reed, said the total amount rose to about $400,000 after additional donations were collected last month. Some of PAC’s biggest donors include development companies like Acquity Realty and SummerHill Homes.

The Silicon Valley Biz PAC, which is the only PAC at this point to announce its endorsements, brought in $122,245. The PAC venture endorsed both Davis and Mahan for mayor.

On the labor side, the South Bay Labor Council PAC reportedly raised $111,623 in the last six months of 2021, while the San Jose Police Association PAC brought in $71,906 and the Action Committee Politics Association of San Jose Retired Police and Firefighters raised $62,595.

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