Varying degrees of fundraising activities in non-election year reported by Elk Grove City Councilmembers

For the six-month period ending June 30, the five members of the Elk Grove City Council reported varying degrees of fundraising. 

District 2 Councilmember Pat Hume reported no fundraising activities during the reporting period and maintained a balance of $16,257 in his account. Hume raised funds for his 2022 Sacramento County Supervisors campaign. 

Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen did not file reports following the dissolution last year of her committee for her 2018 campaign. Rumored to be interested in running for the California Assembly should Assemblymember Jim Cooper vacate the District 9 seat and run for Sacramento County Sheriff, Nguyen currently has no campaign committees under operation.  

As one of two new city council members, District 3 representative Kevin Spease reported $25 in contributions, has $1,517 cash on hand, and is carrying a debt of $30,000 of a personal loan to his 2020 campaign. 

Spease, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2016 maintains that campaign account and is carrying $61,600 in personal debt. Future funds raised by Spease can be used to repay himself for either account.

District 1 Councilmember Darren Suen who was reelected in 2020, raised $9,300 and ended the period with $73,9541. Suen received eight $1,000 donations from a variety of real estate, city contractors, and labor interests. 

Included in this group is $1,000 from Republic Services, Elk Grove's contracted garbage collector; Laborers Local 185; and real estate interests including Elk Grove Land Investments (John Reynen), California Real Estate Association Political Action Committee, and Irvine, Calif.-based Richland Investments.

The other new member of the Elk Grove City Council. Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen reported extensive fundraising activities. As the only member of the city council representing the entire city, the mayor's position is up for election every two years instead of four years for the district representatives.

According to her report, Singh-Allen collected $31,300 in contributions. The contributions included the following: 
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447 - $7,500
  • Asian Americans for Good Government PAC, Vacaville, Calif. - $5,000
  • Elk Grove Bilby Partners, Belmont, Calif. - $5,000
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 340 - $4,900
  • Region Builders PAC - $3,000
  • Sacramento Building Trades Council PAC - $1,000
  • United Food and Commerical Workers Local 8 PAC - $1,000
  • Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, Oakland - $1,000
"Without a doubt, money is important to run a strong campaign and we have a clear strategy that we are following. I raised enough money to run a powerful campaign in three months that voters responded to overwhelmingly," Singh-Allen said in a statement issued after her statement was filed. "I will continue to focus on governing as we ramp up our fundraising efforts as well following our plan."

For her 2020 campaign, Singh-Allen loaned her campaign $50,000 and during this period repaid herself $25,000. 

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