Who's funding candidates for Menlo Park City Council?

Candidates report campaign contributions and spending for Sept. 29 to Oct. 26 period

Three candidates for two seats on the Menlo Park City Council have filed reports on campaign fundraising and spending for the Sept. 29 to Oct. 26 period.

Total monetary contributions during that period were $4,323 for Catherine Carlton's campaign, $2,785 for Cecilia Taylor's campaign and $2,474 for Ray Mueller's campaign, according to their reports.


Catherine Carlton

Ms. Carlton reported these donations to her campaign since Sept. 29: $100 from state Sen. Jerry Hill, $250 from the Stanford Park Hotel, $125 from developer Jeffrey Pollock (vice president, Pollock Financial Group), and $100 from San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, according to the report.

The campaign received a $1,000 loan from Ms. Carlton's husband, Robert Ridenour.

Her campaign reported spending $11,623 on campaign consulting, literature and mailings.

Total raised: $17,077 in donations, $8,950 in loans

Total spent: $11,623


Cecilia Taylor

In addition to the $2,785 Cecilia Taylor reported raising in cash contributions, she received $671 in nonmonetary contributions such as printing cartridges and fliers.

Several contributors are affiliated with the grassroots group VERG (Voters for Equitable and Responsible Growth), a small collection of Menlo Park and Palo Alto residents who favor slow-growth policies. Those contributions include $777 from Neilson Buchanan, a Palo Alto resident; $200 from Jim Wiley, a Willows resident; and $50 from Martin Lamarque, a Belle Haven resident.

Ms. Taylor's campaign also received $50 from Meg McGraw Scherer, a member of the Menlo Park Housing Commission.

Her campaign reported spending $2,632 on items categorized as "campaign paraphernalia."

Total raised: $3,709

Total spent: $3,438


Ray Mueller

Ray Mueller reported raising $2,474 in cash contributions between Sept. 29 and Oct. 26. Contributions include $50 from Richard Draeger, owner of Draeger's Market; $1,500 from James Wagstaffe, a Burlingame resident and Mr. Mueller's former law professor; and $1,000 from the California Association of Realtors' Real Estate Political Action Committee. He also received a $750 contribution from San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum Oct. 28, as reported to the Almanac.

Mr. Mueller reported returning $500 to the real estate committee. He is capping campaign contributions at $500, with the exception of donations from Mr. Wagstaffe and Supervisor Slocum.

His campaign spent $12,458 on items such as mailers and door hangers, and about $6 on Facebook ads.

Total raised: $14,497

Total spent: $16,297


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2016 at 3:46 pm

pearl is a registered user.

It's been my lifelong practice to never vote for candidates that are supported by real estate people.

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Posted by Roy
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Oct 31, 2016 at 4:06 pm

@Pearl: Why do you never support candidates who are supported by realtors? I suppose you have a reason. Realtors are entitled to contribute to whomever they want without having their support judged to have a negative reason.

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Posted by Contributions
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 1, 2016 at 7:37 am

Is the Developer Jeff Pollock who contributed money to Carlton's campaign the same one who just broke ground on the hotel on El Camino. In the article Carlton is quoted supporting his project. Was the check written the same day as the ground breaking?

Web Link.

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Posted by Love Realtors
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 4, 2016 at 10:31 am


Is it also your practice to never read newspapers supported by realtors? If that is the case you would not read any newspapers at all. And do you think the Almanac would even be in existence if it weren't for the generous advertising dollars spent in support of this newspaper and its web site.

Realtors are hard working people who provide a valuable service to the community and earn every penny they make.

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