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Late donations poured in for bond measure

Correction: In an earlier online version of this story, we reported that donations made during the two weeks prior to the Measure H election were not disclosed to the public until after the election. We subsequently discovered that the campaign committee for the Measure H, called the Citizens for Support of Community Colleges in San Mateo County, had filed before the election forms 497 with the San Mateo County Elections Office, reporting contributions made during that two-week period.

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By Dave Boyce

Almanac Staff Writer

In the two weeks before and one week after the Nov. 8 election, corporate donors gave $68,500 to promote Measure H, a $564 million bond measure for the San Mateo County Community College District, according to campaign finance reports released Jan. 31.

Fifty-three percent of voters favored the measure, short of the 55 percent required for passage.

Of the 22 late-in-the-campaign corporate donors, most are from the Bay Area and all have ties to the construction industry.

In round numbers, the Measure H campaign took in $410,000 and spent $217,000 on direct mail and $11,500 on an election survey. The campaign closed its books with $180,500 unspent, according to a report from the Citizens for Support of Community Colleges in San Mateo County.

Eight donors gave more than $5,000 in the final weeks, joining 16 earlier donors who gave at that level. The largest donors: three construction companies that gave a total of $100,000.

Since 2001, voters had approved $675 million in bond measures for the district's three colleges, which includes Canada College in Woodside.

Candidate reports

Of the four district board candidates with finance reports available from the county Elections Office, two -- challenger Joe Ross and incumbent Dave Mandelkern -- spent more than $30,000.

Mr. Ross, an attorney for an educational nonprofit, reported spending $41,355 -- including $8,100 on a campaign consultant -- from a total of $41,013 raised in contributions, including loans to himself of about $13,000.

Mr. Mandelkern, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, spent $33,040 and raised $36,525, which included $26,000 in loans to himself, according to the report.

The three incumbents were re-elected: Mr. Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich and Karen Schwarz.

Donors to Measure H

State law requires semi-annual campaign finance reports, due Jan. 31 and July 31, and two pre-election reports, Tara Stock of the Fair Political Practices Commission said in an email.

The Jan. 31, 2012, report captured late-October and post-election contributions for the Measure H campaign. Donations are listed in the order shown in the reports.

Donated in the last two weeks of October 2011:

$1,000 AFSCME, Oakland

$5,000 Northern California Carpenters Regional Council Local 217, Foster City

$1,000 BKF Engineers, Redwood City

$2,500 Bayview Painting Construction, Burlingame

$5,000 Netronix Integration Inc., San Jose

$2,500 GRD Energy Inc., Corte Madera

$2,500 tBP Architecture, Concord

$5,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617, San Mateo

$2,500 Atlas Pellizzari Electric Inc., Redwood City

$5,000 John Plane Construction Inc., Brisbane

$1,000 Shannon-Leigh Associates (signmaker), San Leandro

$1,500 Testing Engineers Inc., San Leandro

$1,000 Artik Art & Architecture, San Jose

$5,000 Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, San Francisco

$5,000 gkkworks (architects), Sacramento

Donated after the Nov. 8, 2011, election:

$7,500 Program Management Integration Inc., Emeryville

$5,000 Webcor Construction Management Inc., Alameda

$2,500 Vanir Construction Management Inc., Sacramento

$2,500 Corlett, Skaer & DeVoto Architects Inc., Santa Clara

$1,500 Verde Design Inc., Santa Clara

$2,500 PAE Consulting Engineers Inc., San Francisco

$1,500 WRNS Studio, (architect) San Francisco

Earlier donations (in August and September, 2011):

$131,823, Citizens for Support of Community Colleges in San Mateo County, Moss Beach

$1000, Cumming, Temecula, California

$1,500, Flad & Associates, San Francisco

$2,500, Flad & Associates, Madison, Wisconsin

$2,500, Q Builders Inc., Palo Alto

$25,000, Hensel Phelps, San Jose

$5,000, InterMountain Electric Company, San Carlos

$50,000, Robert A. Bothman Inc., San Jose

Comments

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Kudos to the Almanac for staying on top of this issue!

Sounds like the Measure H campaign not only was late in filing this campaign report, but failed to file late contribution reports (FPPC Form 497)
"A late contribution is a monetary or nonmonetary
contribution, including a loan, or a combination of
monetary and nonmonetary contributions and loans,
that:
• Totals $1,000 or more from a single source that is
made to or received by a candidate, a controlled
committee, or a committee primarily formed to
support or oppose a candidate(s) or measure(s);
and
• Is made or received during the 16 days
immediately preceding the election in which the
recipient candidate or measure is to be voted on.
(Gov. Code section 82036.)"
Also, since they have filed an FPPC 410 termination report they must disclose where the left over assets were distributed.


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Posted by Editor
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Correction: In an earlier online version of this story, the Almanac reported that donations made during the two weeks prior to the Measure H election were not disclosed to the public until after the election.

The Almanac subsequently discovered that the campaign committee for the Measure H, called the Citizens for Support of Community Colleges in San Mateo County, had filed before the election forms 497 with the San Mateo County Elections Office, reporting contributions made during that two-week period.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

On Nov. 2 2011 I received an e-mail from Megan Krat of San Mateo County Election in respone to my request: "Megan, have there been any late contribution filings for Measure H (College Bond) that you can e-mail to me?"
There were NO 495's mentioned in her response.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

Correction, there were NO 497's in her respone.


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