Herber, Spease draw on contrasting funding sources in race for SMUD Board

Rosanna Herber (left) and Angela Spease are two of the three candidates seeking the Ward 4 seat on the
SMUD Board of Directors in this November's election. | 
October 30, 2018 |   

When Genevieve Shiroma announced she would not seek re-election to the Ward 4 seat she has occupied for 20 years on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors, the visibility of that race has substantially increased. Along with the increased visibility of that seat, there has been a similar rise in the money being pumped into the campaign coffers of Rosanna Herber and Angela Spease, the two contestants seeking the office.

According to California Form 460 disclosure filed with the Sacramento County Board of Elections, through October 20 Herber and Spease have raised $114,102 and $75,007 respectively. Of those amounts, Herber received non-monetary contributions valued at $855, and Spease brought in $17,987, which was mostly from a donated mailer valued at $15,671.

A third candidate for the Ward 4 seat, Mark Graham, has not filed financial disclosure reports. Typically in that situation, a candidate has decided not to accept campaign contributions. 

While both candidates have raised their donations in a relatively short period, the sources of that funding are vastly different. Herber who is known within Democratic circles has drawn much of her money form politicians and political groups while Spease, a small business owner, has drawn most of her support from a single business interest group.

Amount the largest single contributions Herber received were the Rainbow Political Action Committee, Sacramento, $4,500; and the Stonewall Democratic Club of Sacramento, $7,500. Along with this union including Sheet Metal Workers, carpenters, and electricians who collectively have given $7,000 to date. 

Among politicians donating were four current SMUD directors and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. As of October 20,  Herber had a cash balance of $63,839.

While Herber has tapped political organizations for her funding, Spease has received more than 50 percent of her direct financial support totaling $75,007 from one contributor. That contributor is a group calling itself California For Growing Economy and Safe Streets (CFGESS) which has sent Spease $43,000 as of October 20.

Other business interests giving money or in-kind donations include Committee for Home Ownership of the Northstate Building Association, a so-called recipient committee, and MMS Strategies. The in-kind donation from MMS Strategies was the production and distribution of a mailer valued at $15,671.

According to information posted on the California Secretary of State website, CFGESS has received $135,700 between January 1 and October 20, 2018. Among contributors to CFGESS were MMS Strategies, $3,000; Peter F. Benchen, President & CEO, Pac Trust, Lake Oswego, Oregon, $10,000; Winn Communities, Sacramento, $15,000; Norman Ranch, Colusa,California, $5,000; Canal Farms, Maxwell, California, $15,000; Marion Mathias, farmer, Maxwell, California, $26,000; and A.G. Spanos Companies, Stockton, $2,500. 

The CFGESS also received $42,000 of in-kind donations from MMS Strategies. The phone number listed for CFGESS is the same number listed for MMS Strategies.

Separately, CFGESS has also contributed $975 each to Elk Grove city council members Pat Hume, Stephanie Nguyen, and Darren Suen, all of whom are seeking office on this year's ballot. Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) returned a contribution of $900.


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D.J. Blutarsky said...

Confucius say, "8,000 acres of new rooftops means big money. Watch the next Super Bowl, SMUD vs. PG&E".

Randy Bekker said...

Now that’s a liberal thought! PG&E is in so much financial problems because of all the fires the last thing they need is an electricity War with SMUD. So it a Local Democratic Party pipe dream to stir campaign rhetoric! How bout we stick with local issues.

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