Campaigns spending $2 million on Tuesday’s election
June 17, 2010
Some public officials have been griping about the cost of Tuesday’s special election between Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird. However, new figures show that the two campaigns and independent groups are spending more than $2 million throughout the district. [Sacramento Bee]
Independent groups have already spent more than a $1 million on advertising and political mailings. JobsPac, a committee funded largely by corporations as well as oil, restaurant and insurance industry groups, has spent more than $765,000 to oppose Laird plus another $97,000 to support Blakeslee’s bid.
A committee run by the SEIU California State Council has spent $107,000 to oppose Blakeslee, and the California Senior Advocates League, which has received nearly all its money from JobsPAC, has spent $103,000 to oppose Laird.
The 15th State Senate District runs from Santa Maria in the south to Santa Clara in the north. Democrats currently enjoy a six-point registration advantage in the district, which had a slight Republican edge when Abel Maldonado was first elected in 2004. He defeated former county supervisor Peg Pinard.