2014 City of Santa Clara Campaign Donations
(Scroll down for 2014 School Board Campaign Donations)
|Notes: 1) The Santa Clara Chamber PAC received $2,500 from a Related
|Company executive and $2,490 from a Rudolph and Sletton (construction)
|executive for each candidate (Matthews, Caserta, and Kolstad) to fund
|a mailer. (Total received $7500 + $7470)
|2) IBEW, a labor PAC which tried to stop signature gathering by SCPF
|volunteers during our referendum on the $850 million in Stadium
|Authority loans, donated to Matthews, Caserta, and Kolstad.
|3) Stadium Event Contractors include Centerplate, City Park, Landmark
|Event Staffing, and Guidepost stadium security.
2014 SCUSD School Board Campaign Donations
Follow the Money - 49ers Jed York/Unions/Chamber
PAC spend $$ on SCUSD races for union-backed candidates
- Dr. Christine Koltermann and Dr. Michael Helms (SCPF's endorsed candidates for SCUSD school board) are independent of the 49ers, unions, the Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC), developers, and other special interests.
- The teachers' union has spent a total of $11,145 so far ($3715 for each of the 3 union PAC candidates). They were given $10,000 from the state teachers' union (CTA), the biggest political force in CA, to spend on the 3 teachers' union PAC endorsed candidates (Muirhead, Sallings, Ratermann). CTA has used its political muscle and deep pockets to fight such student-centered movements as teacher tenure reform.
- 49ers CEO Jed York gave $500 each to two SCUSD candidates (Muirhead, Sallings)
- Labor unions gave $1350 and an executive with Trammel Crowe gave $250 to one candidate (Sallings), and labor unions gave $600 to another candidates (Muirhead). Trammel Crowe is building a trucking depot across the street from George Mayne Elementary School in Alviso - the Alviso community is vehemently opposed to this development.
- The SC Chamber PAC, which heavily backed the stadium, just put out a mailer for two candidates (Muirhead, Ratermann.) (cost not yet known) These two candidates apparently donated money back to the Chamber.
2012 City of Santa Clara Campaign Donations
- City Council campaign donation limits are $36,800 total and $500 from each individual source.
- BUT outside Political Actions Committees (PACs) have no spending limits when they spend money on a candidate independent of the candidate's campaign committee.
- When the city is running a budget deficit and faces future pension funding issues for city employees, campaign spending by groups which have a vested interest in city pensions should be looked at carefully by voters.
- The South Bay Labor Council is spending HUGE amounts of money to try to elect Davis and Mlnarik ($32,000 each) and Marsalli ($8000) - they've sent enormous mailers (poster sized) and made repeated robocalls.
- Stadium contractors and other contractors/companies which have business with the city have made large donations to Davis, Mlnarik, Marsalli, and Gillmor.
- The IBEW PAC - which ran the 49ers ad last January seeking union blockers against our petition drive - donated to Gillmor and Marsalli.
- The San Benito Building/Trades union PAC - which went to Sacramento to help the 49ers take away our right to vote on our city charter in the summer of 2009 - donated to Mlnarik, Gillmor, and Marsalli.
- The Police/Fire PACs donated to Mlnarik, Marsalli, and Davis. Marsalli is a retired SC police officer and Davis is married to a SC police officer.
- Teresa O'Neill and Mohammed Nadeem are primarily funded by contributions from individuals. They have not received South Bay Labor Council money or money from stadium contractors or other companies/individuals which have or could have business with the city.
- Alma Jimenez and Bill Collins have not formed campaign committees so therefore have no contributions to report.
- Mohammed Nadeem is the only city council candidate who hired the cyberbully during this campaign cycle. He was paid $2000.
For a table of 2012 campaign donations, see this file:
From the 2010 election and pre-2010:
Campaign dollars donated to pro-stadium Santa Clara City Council members/mayor who vote 'yes' on stadium issues (From Fair Political Practice Commission filings with the Santa Clara City Clerk's office, available online through the FPPC portal on the city's website):
- Nov. 2006 election: $1000 contributed by 49ers owner John York and 49ers employee Larry MacNeil to Patricia Mahan in her run for mayor (within days after the Nov. 2006 election, the 49ers announced their desire for a stadium in Santa Clara)
- Nov. 2008 election: $1000 contributed by 49ers stadium contractor Devcon employees to Jamie Matthews in his run for city council
- Nov. 2010 election: $1500 contributed by 49ers stadium contractor Devcon employees to Patricia Mahan in her run for city council
- Nov. 2010 election: $2250 contributed by 49ers CEO Jed York and 49ers stadium contractor Devcon employees to Jamie Matthews in his run for mayor
- Nov. 2010 election: $2000 contributed by 49ers CEO Jed York and 49ers stadium contractor Devcon employees to Pat Kolstad in his run for city council
From the San Jose Mercury News "49ers Donated to Some Santa Clara Co. Officials" 12/01/2006:
"The San Francisco 49ers offered tickets to some Santa Clara City Council members and gave $1,000 to Mayor Patricia Mahan's re-election campaign last month, shortly before the team named the city as the front-runner for a new stadium." "
Mahan said while she accepted the free 49ers-Raiders ticket - and $500 contributions to her mayoral campaign from team owner John York and Chief Financial Officer Larry MacNeil, it won't influence her dealings with the team."
"Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone also accepted tickets worth $350 from the team in August 2005 while he was exploring possible South Bay relocation sites on the 49ers' behalf. The Mercury News discovered that Stone listed the tickets among gifts he received on an economic disclosure form, despite his statement in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday that he "paid for everything that I got from the 49ers." "
SC County Assessor Larry Stone appeared in 49ers stadium campaign materials.
Note: The maximum dollar amount for a contribution by an individual is $500 as set by Santa Clara campaign contribution limits. Dollar amounts listed in this article are the total dollars donated by all of the individuals listed for a particular candidate for a particular campaign (Santa Clara Citiy Council elections are held in November of even numbered years). Please see the FPPC portal on the city's website for specific donation dates and contributors.
Santa Clara's elected Police Chief, Steve Lodge, campaigned heavily for the 49ers June 2010 stadium ballot measure J (appeared in mailers and in the debate with then-Mayor Mahan and then-Council member Matthews), and then retired at the end of 2010. He draws a pension from the City of Santa Clara (reported in the press to be close to $200,000) and is a high paid consultant for stadium security.
The following is the list of political contributions made by "John Edwards (Jed) York and Affiliated Entities, including the San Francisco 49ers" filed with the City of Santa Clara Clerk's office for 2009 & 2010. Filings are available online through the FPPC portal on the city's website. Please see the FPPC portal on the city's website for specific donation dates and contributors.
Recipients in bold either endorsed the Yes on Measure J stadium ballot measure or assisted the 49ers in taking away our right to vote on a change to our city charter through SB 43:
- Alberto Torrico for AG - $5,000 (co-sponsor of SB43 which took away our right to vote on a change to our city charter. The Term Sheet promised us a vote on a change to our charter.)
- California Democratic Party - $13,500
- Santa Clara County Democratic Club - $540 (Note: The County branch of the party endorsed Measure J.)
- California Republican Party - $13,500 (Note: The County branch of the party endorsed Measure J.)
- Santa Clara Unified School District Yes on Measure C 2009 - $10,000 (Endorsed Measure J)
- BAYMEC - $1,500 (Endorsed Measure J)
- Elaine Alquist for Secretary of State 2014 - $2000 (co-sponsor of SB43 which took away our right to vote on a change to our city charter. The Term Sheet promised us a vote on a change to our charter.)
- Blakeslee for Senate - $2,000
- Jeff Campos for Assembly - $ 2,000
- Jeff Denham for Lt. Gov. - $1,000
- Jeff Miller - $1,000
- Sam Aanestad for Lt. Gov. - $1,000
- Garrick for Assembly - $1,000
- Hall for Assembly - $2,000
- Lou Correa for Senate - $2,000
- Mary Hayashi for Assembly - $3,000
- Otto Lee - $1,250
- Protect our Rec Centers/Yes on C - $5,000
- SF Dem Committee - $5,000
- Hollingsworth - $1,000
- Villines for Ins. Comm. - $2,500
- Alyson Huber for Assembly - $1,000
- San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce PAC - $25,000
- Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce PAC - $15,000