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Tom Berryhill outdistances foes in fundraising

State Senate candidate has raised nearly $400,000; Bret de St. Jeor follows with $15,000

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Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:00 am

Stanislaus County Assemblyman Tom Berryhill has raised considerably more money than his four Republican challengers in the 14th Senate District race.

Berryhill, who lives in Oakdale, raised nearly $400,000 this year for his campaign, which reaches north to the Lodi area. Oakdale businessman and Modesto resident Bret de St. Jeor is next, with almost $15,000 raised.

Berryhill, de St. Jeor, Heidi Fuller, Tim Campi and Tom Marsella are competing for the Republican nomination for the State Senate seat being vacated this year by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, in next Tuesday's primary. The winner will face Democrat Larry Johnson in November.

In campaign disclosure statements submitted last week to the California Secretary of State's Office, none of the candidates reported receiving any contributions from the Lodi area. Berryhill has a few donations from Stockton, but the bulk are from outside San Joaquin County.

The district includes the Lodi area and most of the rural areas of San Joaquin County. It also includes all of Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, and parts of Stanislaus, Madera and Fresno counties.

Berryhill received several contributions of $3,000 and $3,900 from various political action committees and loans from office seekers in districts from Willows to San Diego.

Fuller, who lives in Columbia, has raised only $1,400 and put almost $3,000 of her own money into her campaign. Marsella, a Fresno resident, told the News-Sentinel on Wednesday that he's raised about $25,000, but the Secretary of State's media office has no records.

Spokeswoman Allie Schembra said that if Marsella filed, it wasn't done electronically. Therefore, it may be a week before his campaign disclosure statement is available, Schembra said.

Berryhill's statements are the most confusing because he has three active accounts — his current State Senate campaign, an Assembly re-election campaign for this year and his 2008 Assembly campaign. He dropped his Assembly bid when he decided to seek Cogdill's State Senate seat, but he's still raising money for the Assembly seat, which is centered in Stanislaus County.

He collected $377,975 for his State Senate campaign this year, plus another $282,779 for what was to be his 2010 Assembly campaign. Furthermore, Berryhill raised more than $35,000 for his 2008 Assembly campaign, including about $3,500 during this calendar year, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Here is a sample of the candidates' statements:

Tom Berryhill

State Senate campaign

(2010 calendar year)

Contributions: $377,975

Expenditures: $309,988.39

Loans: $38,200

Cash at hand: $73,817.70

2010 Assembly campaign

(July 1-Dec. 31, 2009)

Contributions: $282,779

Expenditures: $168,408.33

Loans: None

Cash: $115,570.92

2008 Assembly campaign

Contributions: $3,448.31 in 2010 calendar year; $32,000 from July 1-Dec. 31, 2009)

Loans: $3,448.31 between July and December, 2000

Expenditures: $1,615 in 2010 calendar year, $34,353.21 from July through December, 2009

Cash remaining on May 22, 2010: $3,800.29

Note: Although these contributions are listed for Berryhill's 2008 Assembly campaign, they were filed last week.

Contributions of $3,000 or more

Gary Alldrin, farmer, Modesto, $3,900 for primary election; $3,900 for general

Anthem Blue Cross, $3,000

Applied Materials, $3,000

Farid Assemi, homebuilder, Fresno, $3,000

Paul Boschetto, Able Services CEO, San Francisco, $3,900

Bruno Investments, Turlock, $3,900

California Dental Small contributor Committee, $7,800

California Hospital Association PAC, $3,000

California League of Food Processors, $3,000

California Real Estate PAC, $3,900 primary; $3,900 general

Citizens for Housing Opportunities, $3,900

Farmers Employees and Agents PAC, $3,900

Nu Cal Foods, Ripon, $3,900 primary, $1,100 general

Jeannette Olson, OCAT president (Taco Bells from Stockton to Fresno), $3,900

Pauli Ranch, Potter Valley: $3,900

Peace Officers Association of California, $3,900

PG&E, $3,000

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Highland, $3,900

Valley Lexus, Modesto, $3,900

Ding Hua Wang, E-World Holdings CEO, Arcadia, $3,900 for primary election; $3,900 for general election

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Brooks, $3,900 for primary election; $100 for general election


$7,800 from Berryhill for Assembly 2010

$2,500, Cameron Smith for Assembly, Willows

$7,800, Connie Conway for Assembly, Tulare

$2,000, Dan Logue for Assembly, Willows

$2,500, Fletcher for Assembly, Encinitis

$3,900, Garrick for Assembly, San Diego

$3,900, Gilmore for Assembly, Fresno

$7,800, Taxpayers for Dave Cogdill 2010

$3,900, Taxpayers for Jim Nielsen, Yuba City

Bret de St. Jeor

Contributions: $14,990.19, all from 2010 calendar year

Expenditures: $52,766.87

Cash at hand: $6,985.94

Only one contribution was listed:

$3,900, Minnon Commercial Services, Modesto

De St. Jeor also loaned his campaign $1,520.19

Heidi Fuller

Contributions: $1,425, all during 2010

Expenditures: $1,458.99

Cash at hand: $237.85

Two contributions listed:

$2,875 from herself

Russ Ford of Sonora, $125.

Tom Marsella

Note: Republican candidate Tom Marsella's statement was not available Wednesday from the Secretary of State's Office.

Larry Johnson


Contributions: $500

Loans: $100 from himself

Expenditures: $89.92.

Cash at hand: $510.08

Source: California Secretary of State

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