- Published on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 01:00
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters last week released campaign finance reports for candidates running for office in the Nov. 6 election.
All candidates reported monetary and nonmonetary contributions, as well as their top five campaign donors through Sept. 30.
Los Altos City Council race
• Jon Baer is the lone candidate who has not loaned personal money to his campaign. Baer reported $12,948.40 in total contributions, including $8,894 in cash donations. Baer’s top five contributors: Donna Shoemaker ($2,500), the California Real Estate Political Action Committee ($1,000), Councilman Ron Packard ($500) and his brothers Lon Packard ($500) and Von Packard ($500).
• Jeannie Bruins reported a total of $7,932 in total contributions, which includes a $2,000 loan she made to her campaign and $4,746 in monetary contributions. Bruins’ top five contributors: the California Real Estate Political Action Committee ($1,000), Los Altos venture capitalist Richard Magnuson ($1,000), Barry Bruins ($350), John Elms ($250) and Los Altos residents Gary Hedden and Dennis Young ($200 each).
• Anabel Pelham listed a total of $8,436 in contributions, including a $3,100 loan she made to the campaign. Pelham lists $5,336 in cash and nothing in nonmonetary contributions. Pelham’s top five contributors: Los Altos residents Abby King ($500), Claudia Coleman ($250) and Jim McCabe of Eldercare Resources ($250). Los Altos residents Robert Lee and Gary Hedden, as well as Sunnyvale resident JoAnna Schmid and Washington, D.C., resident James Appleby each made contributions of $200 to her campaign.
• Jan Pepper raised the most cash among the candidates, $9,147, towards a total of $15,737 funds raised. Pepper loaned her campaign $4,000, while receiving $2,590.37 in nonmonetary contributions. Pepper’s top five contributors: Los Altos resident Cathy Lazarus ($750), Democratic Activists for Women Now ($400) and entrepreneur Gary Kremmen ($350). Pepper lists seven cash contributions of $250 from Los Altos residents Janet Harding, Claudia Coleman, Emily Thurber, Jeff Byron and Patricia Castro, as well as Sunnyvale resident Dianne McKenna and San Jose resident Donald Pepper.
• Megan Satterlee, the race’s lone incumbent, listed $18,914.40 in total contributions, including a $10,182 loan she made to her campaign. Satterlee raised $7,566.95 in cash and received $1,165.45 in nonmonetary contributions. Satterlee’s top five contributors: Councilman Ron Packard ($1,000), the California Real Estate Political Action Committee ($1,000) and Los Altos Mayor Val Carpenter ($660.95). Satterlee received three $500 contributions from Lon Packard, Von Packard and Palo Alto resident Mark Beckstead.
• Jerry Sorensen raised the least in cash among the six candidates with $4,072. Sorensen reported $14,697 in total contributions, which includes a $7,000 loan from his family trust to his campaign and $3,625 in nonmonetary donations. Sorensen’s top contributors: Los Altos resident David Auerbach ($1,000), former Los Altos Mayor/Councilman Bob Grimm ($500), Dennis Brown ($500), Los Altos Hills resident Diana Huffman ($500), and East Palo Alto resident Michael Connor and Los Altos attorney Alexander Myers ($250 each).
Los Altos School District Board of Trustees race
• Amanda Burke-Aaronson reported the most funds among the four candidates, with $10,916. She raised $9,916 in monetary donations and loaned her campaign $1,000. Burke-Aaronson’s top contributors: Los Altos resident Susan Berry ($1,000) and 10 donations of $500 from Christine DiBona, Buffy Poon, Lenora Teng, Susan Goldman, Kathleen Justice-Moore, Joan Mellea, incoming Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Courtenay Corrigan, Donna Young, Bullis Charter School board member Anne Marie Gallagher and David Beyer.
• Vladimir Ivanovic raised a total of $525. He loaned himself $150, received a $500 donation from Los Altos Hills resident Heather Rose and donated $25 to his campaign.
• Pablo Luther raised a total of $5,200. He loaned himself $2,000 for the campaign and contributed $2,000 in nonmonetary contributions. He received $1,200 in cash donations, with $1,000 coming from campaign financial manager and former Los Altos Mayor Bob Grimm.
• Steve Taglio raised a total of approximately $4,000. He self-funded his campaign with no outside cash donations.
Editor's Note: This article was corrected to remove inaccurate information. It mischaracterized one donor.