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:
State Senate campaign
(2010 calendar year)
Cash at hand: $73,817.70
2010 Assembly campaign
(July 1-Dec. 31, 2009)
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
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
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
Contributions: $1,425, all during 2010
Cash at hand: $237.85
Two contributions listed:
$2,875 from herself
Russ Ford of Sonora, $125.
Note: Republican candidate Tom Marsella's statement was not available Wednesday from the Secretary of State's Office.
Loans: $100 from himself
Cash at hand: $510.08
Source: California Secretary of State