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Posted: Monday, October 25, 2004 10:00 pm

The Galt District Chamber of Commerce's political action committee has raised more than $6,000 to support two Galt City Council candidates and other Galt-area races.

The $6,230.97 raised by the PAC, known as Businesses United for Good Government, is being used for newspaper advertising and campaign literature for City Council candidates Barbara Payne and Marylou Powers.

Funds were also used to support Galt Joint Union High School District candidates Norman Pearson and Tom Santillan, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District candidates Cheryl Crombie and Erv Hatzenbuhler, State Senate candidate Dave Cox, Assembly candidate Guy Houston and Ron Gravitt, a candidate for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board.

The chamber contributed $2,000 to its political action committee, according to its most recent campaign disclosure statement.

Other contributions include $350 each from Carol Backert and Ann Ullrich, $200 each from Terry Parker, Vickie Nimmo and Gary Silva Jr., $150 each from Van Parker, Brent Steele and Realty World Parker-Del Grande and $100 each from Bob Dees and Nick Nimmo Hay.

Terry Parker is president of BUGG, and Dees is the organization's treasurer. Terry and Van Parker are Realtors at Realty World Parker-Del Grande. Ullrich is a former Galt High trustee, while Silva will be leaving the Galt High board in December after serving one term on the board. Backert is a broker at Mike Guttridge Realty in Galt and chairs the Southeast Area Community Planning advisery Council, which makes land-use recommendations on unincorporated areas surrounding Galt.

BUGG has spent almost $5,700 for advertising and printed materials on behalf of the candidates the organization endorsed.

By being a state PAC, the chamber group is allowed to exceed the limits set by Galt's campaign contribution ordinance, which limits individual contributions to $100 per person per candidate.

For the same reason, BUGG isn't required to file its statements with the Galt City Clerk's Office. Instead, they were filed with the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections and California Secretary of State's offices. The deadline was 5 p.m. Thursday.

Sacramento County election officials had so many campaign disclosure statements from local, county and state candidates, plus other committees, that they hadn't opened BUGG's statement by Friday, the day after statements were due. BUGG's filing was finally available to the public Monday morning.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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