Trade unions and local government officials are making donations large and small to the re-election campaigns of Menlo Park City Council members Kelly Fergusson and Andy Cohen, while candidate Rick Ciardella has received hefty donations from several development and real estate interests, as well as "minority" City Council member John Boyle, according to campaign finance reports that were due Oct. 6.
The three candidates running for two open council seats in the November election had one thing in common: each made a procedural error in reporting campaign income and expenses between July 1 and Sept. 30, and must submit amendments to the reports, City Clerk Margaret Roberts said.
Ms. Fergusson, who raised $15,075 in cash and $3,118 in in-kind donations, had not submitted a summary page, which lists totals of spending and cash received; Mr. Cohen raised $11,836 and $564 in in-kind donations, but overstated his income by $200 through a bookkeeping error; and Mr. Ciardella raised $7,325, but neglected to include a form explaining the source of a $100 loan, Ms. Roberts said.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission's rules state that candidates must amend their reports "as soon as practicable" when errors are made, Ms. Roberts said.
The next campaign finance reporting deadline is Oct. 23, she said.
Ms. Fergusson received a total of $1,400 from trade unions: $250 from electrical workers, $1,000 from plumbers and steamfitters, and $150 from heavy equipment operators, according to her report.
In addition, of the total of 134 donations reported, she received $1,000 from Michael Cassidy, the chief executive of Kudo Corp., and $760 from Portola Valley Mayor Maryann Moise Derwin.
Mr. Cohen received $1,300 from trade unions, including $250 from electrical workers, $1,000 from plumbers and steamfitters, and $50 from William Nack of the San Mateo Building Trades Council.
Soheila Khalili, owner of the Yogurt Stop in Menlo Park, gave $1,000 to Mr. Cohen, and Penelope Huang, of Menlo Park-based Taylor and Huang Properties, gave $200.
Mr. Ciardella received $1,000 from Howard Crittenden of Atherton, owner of the former Park Theater, and $2,500 came from Ted Schlein of the Menlo Park-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Coldwell Banker Realtor Kimberley Lemieux gave Mr. Ciardella $500, Bob McIntire of Palo Alto-based developer Nova Partners gave $100, and Menlo Park Councilman John Boyle gave $300.
A partial list of contributions follows:
Richard Ciardella: John Boyle, Menlo Park, councilman and venture capitalist, $300; Robert L Dehn, Menlo Park, retired, $500; Howard Crittenden, Atherton, self-employed investor, $1,000; Kimberley Lemieux, Menlo Park, realtor, $500; Ted Schlein, Menlo Park, venture capitalist, $2,500; Bob McIntire, Menlo Park, developer, $100.
Kelly Fergusson: Michael Cassidy, Menlo Park, business executive, $1,000; Valerie Frederickson, Menlo Park, executive recruiter, $340; Julie Lance, Portland, community volunteer, $600; Maryann Moise Derwin, Portola Valley, councilmember and mayor, $760; Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 467, Burlingame, $1,000; Shirley Zeien, San Diego, retired, $500.
Andrew "Andy" Cohen: Elias Blawie, Menlo Park, attorney, $500; Jim Bramlett, Menlo Park, engineer, $500; Don Brawner, Menlo Park, business owner, $500; Vince Bressler, Menlo Park, engineer, $300; Martin Engel, Menlo Park, retired, $500; Soheila Khalili, Menlo Park, business owner, $1,000; Jenny Klenitz, Menlo Park, research manager, $500; James Madison, Menlo Park, attorney, $300; Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 467, Burlingame, $1,000.