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Still have questions after reading the stories? Want to find
your own trends in local politics?
than 600 contributions.
The database includes reported donations for all the current
council members — Larry Hansen, Susan Hitchcock, Bob Johnson, Phil
Katzakian and JoAnne Mounce. The entries include every recorded
donation the five received since January 1998.
In California, candidates are required to report all donations
above $100. Any contributions $99 or under are not disclosed, so
they are not included in the data.
You can search by council member, donor, date or company. You
can also search by type of donation, which specifies whether the
donation was from an individual, business, union or other
The database information came from campaign finance reports
filed with the Lodi City Clerk’s office. The forms are also
available at www.lodi.gov.
The database only includes campaign filings for Larry Hansen,
Susan Hitchcock, Bob Johnson, Phil Katzakian and JoAnne Mounce.
The amount of detail for each contribution varies from candidate
to candidate depending on the accuracy of the campaign filings.
Some of the entries might be incomplete, incorrect or misspelled
based on unfinished or illegible campaign filings.
Once you take a look at the database, I want to hear from you.
Let me know if there are any mistakes or if you find any trends in
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or by phone at 209-369-7035. You can also check out my blog,
where I will post additional stories based on the data.
Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 8:44 am, Sat Sep 4, 2010.
Running a campaign in Lodi has become increasingly expensive
over the years, as candidates blanket the city with hundreds of
yard signs, brochures, newspaper ads and even TV commercials. As
costs climb, so does the need for donations, which often tally
$20,000 or more per candidate.
About 30 years ago, Lodi City Council members raised
significantly less money. During the 1982 election year, Councilman
Fred Reid was the top earner, with $2,780.
Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 8:44 am.