Woodside candidate identifies funders of campaign mailer, signs


Chris Shaw, a write-in candidate for the Woodside Town Council, has formed a campaign committee and filed campaign finance reports identifying who funded a mass mailing, yard signs and a banner in support of his candidacy.

The finance report lists the following entries as non-monetary contributions for the period Oct. 16 to 26:

■ Dave Burow, a Woodside resident and Town Council member, contributed services with a fair market value of $960 for the mass mailing.

■ Annie Kaskade, a Woodside resident and member of the Sustainability and Conservation Committee, contributed services with a fair market value of $800 for yard signs.

■ Susan Doherty, a Woodside resident and member of the Public Safety Committee, contributed services with a fair market value of $200 for a banner.

Mr. Burow, Ms. Kaskade and Ms. Doherty have not responded to requests for comment.

The mailer, signs and banner did not identify who paid for them.

Mr. Shaw said he was relying on word of mouth to get write-in votes in his challenge to Nancy Reyering, the only candidate listed on the ballot for the District 3 seat on the council.

The mailing, signs and banner were the work of others, he said. However, he said, he decided to form a campaign committee and identify those who funded the materials after he contacted the California Fair Political Practices Commission on Oct. 26 and 27 for guidance.

Mr. Shaw said he made the decision after he reconsidered the contents of a series of emails that included an exchange in which he "could be construed, very very thinly, as exerting control over people's actions."

The commission makes distinctions between campaign spending under the control of a candidate and independent spending by others not under the candidate's control. The commission also regulates the content of the election materials, including requirements to note sources of funding on items such as yard signs, banners and direct mail.

Mr. Shaw's campaign committee, "Write In Chris Shaw District 3 2015," has two members: himself and treasurer Sheri Brooks, a resident of the Woodside Glens neighborhood.

The report shows no monetary contributions to the committee for the reporting period.

Both Mr. Shaw and Ms. Reyering initially filed reports with the town clerk on their assets and economic interests, their declarations as candidates for the council, and information on campaign committees.

Both candidates left blank the sections on committee formation, but Mr. Shaw amended his report after forming his committee.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Mr. Boyce does a commendable and thorough job addressing Mr. Shaw's campaign contributions and campaign efforts.

Can he also be as elucidating about Mrs. Reyering's activities, as well?

I encourage Mr. Boyce to provide the Almanac readers with fair and balanced reporting.


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