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Perata Law Enforcement Ally Has $157,000 Campaign Warchest To Put In Oakland Mayoral Race In Last Days
From The Anybody But Perata Website
The Coalition For A Safer California—a Sacramento-based political action committee largely funded by Don Perata's prison guards union employers—reports close to $157,000 in the bank available to pour into the Oakland mayoral race in the next week, according to financial records available on the California Secretary of State website.
That will almost certainly mean massive campaign mailings can be expected to Oakland voters in the next few days either supporting Perata or tearing down his opponents.
The Safer California coalition was the funder of the controversial Oakland "police mailer" last summer which criticized two of Perata's major opponents in the mayoral race—Jean Quan and Rebecca Kaplan—during negotiations with the Oakland police union over closing the city of Oakland's budget gap.
The major contributor to the Safer California coalition is the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the prison guards union which gave $75,000 to the coalition in the last two weeks. In all, the prison guards union has given $225,000 to the Safer California coalition this year.
Perata has received at least $469,000 as a political consultant from the prison guards union since he left the State Senate in late 2008.
Including the money coming from the prison guards union, more than 80% of the Safer California coalition's contributions this month have come directly from Oakland residents or individuals or companies with Oakland interests or Oakland connections.
Key Contributors to the Safer California Coalition This Month
$90,000 from Oakland residents or businesses, including $25,000 from developer James Falaschi and $20,000 from business executive Eric A. Flowers.
$25,000 from Oakland A's co-owners Lewis Wolff and John Fisher, who have been attempting to move the city's baseball team out of Oakland and to the South Bay.
$10,000 from Jon Reynolds, founder of Oak To Ninth development co-developers Reynolds & Brown.
$7,500 from Oakland billboard giant CBS Outdoor.
$5,000 from Lily Hu, the controversial Perata aid who figured prominently in the corruption charges against the former State Senate President.
The Coalition For A Safer California's October Contributors
Contributor Location Occupation Business Amount California Correctional Peace Officers Association Sacramento $75,000 Intertrust Beltline Cherry Hill, CA $25,000 James Falaschi Oakland Real Estate Development Transbay Holdings $25,000 Eric Flowers Oakland Business Executive Ramsell Holding Corp. $20,000 San Francisco Police Officers Association PAC San Francisco $20,000 John Fisher San Francisco Co-Owner Oakland A's $15,000 Jon Reynolds Concord Founder Reynolds & Brown $10,000 Lewis Wolff Los Angeles Co-Owner Oakland A's $10,000 T. Gary Rogers Oakland CEO Dreyer's Ice Cream $10,000 Hotel & Motel Association of Oakland Oakland $ 8,000 AB&I Foundry Oakland $ 7,500 CBS Outdoor Fairfield, NJ $ 7,500 ABC Security Service Oakland $ 5,000 Cass, Inc. Oakland $ 5,000 Harborside Health Center Oakland $ 5,000 Navjoyt Nagra Dublin $ 5,000 Lily Hu & Associates Alameda $ 5,000 Piedmont Grocery Oakland $ 2,500 S.K. Seymour, LLC Oakland $ 2,000
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