Contributors to Democratic State Senate District 8 candidates Ashby, Jones indicate differing political positions

Angelique Asby, Rafa Garcia, and Dave Jones are running for California State Senate District 8
in the June 2022 primary election. | 

In the race for California State Senate, District 8 currently has three candidates - union representative Rafa Garcia, Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby, and former California Insurance Commissioner and California Assemblymember Dave Jones. While all three are Democrats running in what is considered a blue district, in the race for money, Jones and Ashby have set the pace.

According to documents filed with the California Secretary of State this week, Jones led the pace for the six months ending December 31, receiving $520,620 in contributions to Ashy's $270,804. Jones finished the year with $787,365, while Ashy had 522,746.

Garcia, a first-time office-seeker, secured $6,960 in contributions and ended the year with $4,321.

Even though all three are Democrats, a review of their patrons reveals the party is not monolithic. Jones, a longtime fixture in Sacramento politics, is considered more progressive, while Ashy, who represents the more conservative Natomas area of Sacramento, is viewed as more moderate, and Garica a grassroots progressive.

In Ashby's California Form 460, she generally has received large contributions from businesses interests and associations. Some of these patrons included the following:
  • American Property Casualty Association - $3,000
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies - $4,900
  • California Apartment Association - $4,900
  • California Beer and Beverage Association $4,900
  • California Dental Association - $9,800
  • California Hospital Association - $4,900
  • California Medical Association - $4,900
  • California Northstate University, Alvin Cheung - $4,900
  • California Trucking Association - $2,500
  • Ford Motor Co. - $4,900
  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association -  $4,000
  • Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff's Association - $9,800
  • Sentry Insurance Company - $2,000
  • Tenet Healthcare - $1,500
  • Zurich American Insurance - $1,500
While Ashby's large contributors tend to be business-related, Jones' large supporters are labor unions and generally more consumer-oriented advocacy groups. They include the following:
  • California Environmental Voters - $1,000
  • California Federation of Teachers - $9,700
  • California State Council of Service Employees - $9,700
  • Consumer Attorneys of California $4,900
  • SEIU Local 2015 - $9,700
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers - $19,400
  • UCFW Local 8 - $9,800
  • UCFW Western States Council - $9,700
  • United Public Employees - $3,000
While both Jones and Ashby received support across all categories, most fell into those noted above.  

Regarding individual contributions, Jones and Ashby received support from a wide variety of supporters, but many of Jones' donations were facilitated by ActBlue. The group is described "nonprofit technology organization established in June 2004 that enables left-leaning nonprofits, Democratic candidates, and progressive groups to raise money from individual donors on the Internet by providing them with online fundraising software."

For Garcia, his grassroots campaign has been funded exclusively by individual donations generally in the $100 to $200 range, with one at $1,000. Like Jones, many contributions were facilitated by ActBlue. 

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