Becker, Gordon neck-and-neck in fundraising


Candidates Rich Gordon and Josh Becker have kept pace with each other in fundraising over the past two months as they compete for the Democratic nomination in the state's 21st Assembly District, while candidate Yoriko Kishimoto has fallen behind.

Mr. Becker and Mr. Gordon each raised about $192,000 between March 18 and May 22, according to the most recent campaign finance report. Ms. Kishimoto raised about $11,600 in the same period.

Over the course of the campaign, Mr. Becker has raised $521,900, Mr. Gordon $420,300, and Ms. Kishimoto $116,700, according to finance reports. Ms. Kishimoto has also loaned her campaign $85,000.

Mr. Gordon was left with the most cash on hand heading into the June 8 election, with $145,200 as of May 22. Mr. Becker had $72,300 remaining, after spending $329,900 during the two-month reporting period. Ms. Kishimoto had $54,800 remaining.

Among other things, Mr. Becker has spent $125,300 for television time, and $23,300 for polling research.

Ms. Kishimoto and Mr. Gordon have accepted limits on campaign spending, while Mr. Becker has not, according to the California secretary of state's website.

While Mr. Becker has relied heavily on entrepreneurs, investors, consultants and people in the technology industry in fundraising, Mr. Gordon's campaign chest has received a major boost from professional associations and labor unions.

According to the new campaign filings, Mr. Gordon's campaign received four-digit contributions from the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California ($5,000); the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000 ($3,900); the California Medical Association ($7,800); the District Council of Iron Workers ($3,600); Professional Engineers in California Government ($2,900); and the California Dental Political Action Committee ($2,500).

He also received many smaller checks from individual contributors, many of them lawyers and real estate agents.

Mr. Becker, whose campaign focuses on creating clean-tech jobs in Silicon Valley, received support from a wide range of high-tech executives, including ones from Apple, Google, and a scattering of smaller dot-com companies. He also received a $500 contribution from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Ms. Kishimoto, a former member of Palo Alto's City Council, has received smaller contributions from Palo Alto's neighborhood leaders and commissioners, academics, consultants and small-business owners.

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Posted by Gunther Steinberg
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on May 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Fund raising race: why have an election in the first place if it is going to be decided by who raises the most money???
Money detracts from the quality of the candidates and their platforms.
If people are going to be impressed by how much money a candidate can raise, they are obviously not fit to vote intelligently.
Besides, large contributions to politicians are just veiled bribery for later influence and favors.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Have a little faith, Gunther. Money doesn't ALWAYS buy the office.

Meg Whitman has spent $80 million and she has declined in the polls.
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That said, people who spend more money, have better name recognition (such as incumbents) and celebrities, do have an advantage. It's a fact of life and I'm not sure that public funding will remedy this. A famous person or an incumbent is still better known to the public.

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Posted by DThomas
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

If all of their cronies in construction and "investment bankers" lost so much money in the banking crisis, both Gordon and Becker would have had a lot more money to get elected.
Kishimoto, in my eyes, is the one with the "cleanest" background but an endorsement from Mayor Newsom, who is our most honest and really interested politicians in the Bay Area. As for my opinion of Gordon, it means little that I think he is just too tight with big business and is a "ribbon cutter" publicity seeker and not an effective choice no matter how you cut it.(as in ribbon)

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Posted by For change
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

It sickens me that fundraising has become so fundamental to being able to serve in public office. When are we going to figure it out? We need to get the money out of the process. Will Proposition 15 be the first step? I'm really struggling with that question, although I'm convinced a system that requires so much money needs to be changed.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.

To "FOR CHANGE".........there are thousands upon thousands who think like you. This area is one of the most corrupt because there is more money to buy votes, and at the same time, it takes a LOT less money for the rich to buy off its candidates to raise money for their campaign funds.
Examine the choices here carefully......
Only ONE truly honest and reputable choice with an endorsement from one of San Francisco's most honest mayor since the assassinated Harvey Milk. This entire area has been a place of corruption since the mid 50's and then it was GANGLAND money...Just another face today. Corruption is corruption going back to Tamany Hall.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.


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Posted by Not a Union Guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Jun 1, 2010 at 6:08 am

Rich Gordon has the SEIU, ASFME and San Mateo County Labor Council endorsements. I strongly urge everyone who is not a union member to vote for the candidate who is not beholden to the unions Mr.Josh Becker.

We have got to break this unholy alliance or else the unions will suck us dry.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.

What are the salaries for the positions of the 21st district?
Someone mentioned that it is very small compared to what they could have reaped in from their former posts....I think kickbacks or a word "favors" cannot be counted.

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