McKeithen leads in campaign fundraising


In the race for two seats on the Atherton City Council, incumbent Kathy McKeithen edged out her challengers as the fundraising leader, according to campaign finance reports filed Oct. 6.

Ms. McKeithen reported raising $16,087 in contributions. The next biggest war chest belongs to David Henig, an architect who reported raising $10,900 in contributions plus a $5,000 loan to the campaign from his treasurer.

Atherton General Plan Committee member Elizabeth Lewis, who is making her second run for the council this year, reported receiving $11,350 in contributions.

Richard Moore, the retired former Atherton city manager and police chief, reported raising $6,274 in contributions and $1,000 in loans. Mr. Moore told The Almanac that he planned a self-imposed campaign-spending cap of around $6,000.

Several things set the candidates apart in terms of fundraising. Ms. Lewis, Mr. Moore and Ms. McKeithen raised virtually all their money from people listing Atherton addresses. Mr. Henig's donors spanned the nation, from Arizona to Florida, New York to Beverly Hills. Only five of his campaign's 28 listed contributors are from Atherton.

Mr. Moore accepted $500 from a political action committee, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. Mr. Henig, Ms. Lewis and Ms. McKeithen did not accept any money from PACs.

Ms. Lewis counts among her supporters several residents who have battled publicly — or in court — with the town, including: Stephen Ackley, principal with Pacific Peninsula group, whose accessory structure's basement was retroactively found to violate town rules; James "Skip" Law, whose proposal to build senior condos atop a new town hall failed to get council support; Randy Lamb, who successfully sued the town over its historic artifacts ordinance; and Charlie King III, whose family sued in order to be allowed to move into their house after becoming entangled in zoning issues over the home's size.

Kathy Mckeithen

Ms. McKeithen's top contributors are: D.L Lucas, a private investor, $2,000; Paul and Marcia Wythes, self-employed, $900; Hermann and I. Christensen, $900; George and D. Shaheen, $500; Barbara and Thomas Proulx, $500; and David and Leigh White, $500.

Ms. McKeithen's top expenditures were: $5,112 to The Almanac for advertisements; $3,650 to American Speedy Printing of Menlo Park; and $1,373 to the US Postal Service.

Richard Moore

Mr. Moore's top donations are: $500 from retired Atherton resident William Awbry; $500 from Rodney and Jane Washburn, retired; $500 from Donald Arata, president of Arata Equipment Co.; and $500 from the Association Of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs PAC. Mr. Moore also made a loan to his campaign of $1,000.

His top expenditures were: $2,982 to The Almanac for advertising; $1,635 to American Speedy Printing; and $860 to Paw Prints Inc. for banners and yard signs.

Elizabeth Lewis

Ms. Lewis' top contributors are: Steve Dostart, a commercial real estate developer, $1,000; James "Skip" Law of Law & Associates, $1,000; real estate developer Randy Lamb, $1,000; Charlie King III, a self-employed investor, $1,000; Stephen Ackley, $500; Henry Bullock of Menlo Equities, $500; Mark Davis, self-employed in commercial real estate, $500; real estate development company Woodlane Properties, $500; and Thomas Colby, COO of Globalstar, $500.

Ms. Lewis' top expenditures were: $3,257 to The Almanac for adversing; $2,000 in campaign worker salary to Lisa Jensen; and $1,400 to Tekute Designs of Sunnyvale for campaign literature and mailings.

David Henig

Mr. Henig's top donors are: Steve Westly, $1,000; his campaign treasurer Peppi Elona of Sarasota, Florida, $1,000; Joan and Stan Faust, retired, of New York City, $1,000; Margie Richards, retired, of Ranchos Palos Verdes, $1,000; and Conrad Platt, retired, of Los Angeles, $1,000.

Mr. Henig's top expenditures were: $2,340 to the U.S. Postal Service; $1,234 to Acorn Signs of Palo Alto; and $1,115 to Paw Prints Inc. for campaign paraphernalia.

The campaign finance statements cover the period from July 1 to September 30, and catalog contributions of $100 or more, as well as all expenditures. They are available for viewing at the town administrative offices, 91 Ashfield Road; to buy copies of all five reports, it's $4.70.

A fifth council candidate, Atherton Audit Committee member Sam Goodman, dropped out of the race, but also filed a campaign finance report. Mr. Goodman reported raising $100 from retired Atherton resident Robert Franceschini. He loaned his campaign $3,373.

Mr. Goodman's top expenditures were: $1,462 to Paw Prints Inc.; $964 to Kainos Home & Training Center for campaign literature; and $840 to the U.S. Postal Service.


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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
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on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:19 am

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Additional financial reports from the campaigns are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23.

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