Atherton: Lewis tops in campaign spending

Elizabeth Lewis not only won a seat on the Atherton City Council in November, but she blew away the competition when it came to fundraising and campaign spending. Ms. Lewis raised $12,000 more than her nearest competition, incumbent Kathy McKeithen.

In the four-way race for two seats on the council, Ms. Lewis was the second-highest vote-getter, behind Councilwoman McKeithen.

According to the year-end campaign finance statements, covering fundraising and expenditures made between Oct. 19 and Dec. 31, Ms. Lewis raised $12,150 in donations and loans, for a total of $32,548 for the Nov. 4 election. She reported expenditures of $12,299 for the period, including an $8,000 payment to campaign consultant Lisa Jensen of San Jose.

Her major contributors for the period were developer Duncan Matteson, who gave $500; The Lincoln Club of Northern California, a Republican party political action committee, $500; Globalstar COO Thomas Colby of Atherton, $500; and retired developer James P. "Skip" Law of Atherton, $500.

Ms. Lewis, who also ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in the special June election, raised $72,507 in 2008, the combined total for both election campaigns.

The next biggest fundraiser for the November election is Ms. McKeithen, who raised $2,695 in cash and nonmonetary contributions during the final reporting period, for a total of $19,580 for the year. She spent a total of $20,390 during the campaign.

Ms. McKeithen's biggest contributors during the final reporting period were Atherton residents Isobel and Herman Christensen, who each donated $350. The Christensens donated a total of $1,250 each over the course of Ms. McKeithen's campaign.

Ms. McKeithen's biggest expenditures during the final reporting period were three payments totaling $3,233 to American Speedy Printing of Menlo Park.

Architect David Henig raised $1,078 during the final reporting period, bringing his total for the year to $14, 017, including a $5,000 loan. In all, he spent $10,773 campaigning for a City Council seat.

His biggest donor for the final reporting period was Susan Lebow of Los Angeles, who contributed $250, followed by David Morse of Santa Monica, who gave $180.

Mr. Henig's biggest expenditure was $2,848 to Prodigy Press of Palo Alto for campaign literature.

Retired former Atherton police chief and city manager Richard Moore raised $700 during the final filing period, bringing his total for the campaign to $8,380. His biggest donor for the period was the California Real Estate political action committee, with $500. His biggest campaign expenditure was a $200 donation to the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation.


Posted by Louise, a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:40 am

Does anyone out there have any thoughts on why Menlo Park humanitarian/ developer Duncan Matteson would have been a major contributer to the Lewis campaign for Atherton's council seat?? Will he be helping us build our new town center as well?

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