The Prominence of Non-Voter, Out-of-Town and Developer Interests
During the 2010 campaign candidates for Petaluma City Council raised, through their campaigns approximately $150,000. Chris Albertson’s campaign, one of eight, raised $17, 518 which ended up equaling, appropriately enough, 1/8th of the total.
His campaign total was just under the average (however, it is worth noting that the average was heavily skewed by the monies of the Harris campaign which spent over $58,000). When independent expenditures are included the total raised on his behalf was $19,288 – a bit more than the average including IE money for all candidates.
While there is nothing particularly noteworthy about the monies raised, Albertson was third behind Harris and Johnson and just ahead of Barrett in dollars, the source of his monies is concerning and leaves little doubt as to how he might be expected to vote on developer related issues. A review of his campaign contributions reveals the following:
- Albertson’s campaign was dominated by out-of-town and business money. Only about a third of the campaign money used to elect Alberston came from Petaluma Voters.2
- Developer Interests dominated as the largest single source of money. Over 40 percent came from this one special interest group.
For additional information see the full report.
As part of Petaluma Tomorrow’s commitment to open government we examine and report on the source of contributions to the campaigns of candidates for mayor and city council. Research indicates that people contribute to a given candidate for two reasons. Not surprisingly, people contribute to candidates with whom they share like views. Also, not surprisingly, contributors see their contributions as a way of having influence on the candidate. In that context a review of contributions to a given candidate provides insights into their views on issues and, those who will seek to influence their decisions.
Separate reports will be prepared on each candidate beginning with those most recently elected, then with appointee Kearny, other sitting council members and finally, non elected candidates with contributions of over $2500.