Campaign finance statements came out yesterday for the Santa Ana city candidates, in which all of them turned it in except for Sal Tinajero, as my co-blogger pointed out. The one I was curious to check out was the Mayoral statements, primarily for Alfredo Amezcua and Miguel Pulido. You can review Pulido’s statement HEREÂ and Amezcua’s statement HERE.
It should be noted, the Mayor raised $17,996 in this cycle between July 1 and September 30. So far this year he has raised $63,567, which is interesting, because a party insider once told me that the Mayor raised over $100,000 at one fundraiser alone. Looks like a lot of the pledges stiffed him. He spent $36,599.78 leaving only $8,400 in the bank. That is right, the “mighty” Pulido is facing his most serious challenger yet and only has $8,400 cash on hand to spend. That’s not the way one wants to start the last month of the campaign. Indications from spending on the campaign itself seems to be on signs and maybe one mailer and campaign literature. Sounds like the Mayor has some work to do. Or is there some outside stream of money we do not know about. We all know that the Police and Fire Unions always dump a lot of money into the incumbents as their “Public safety team.” But with Amezcua seriously challenging him, it is going to take more than just their I.E. to win. $8,400 is not enough to beat a tough challenger and not a number I would want to be publicized.
Amezcua, on the other hand, raised $11,893 in this cycle for a total of $20,091 this year. He also put $30,000 more of his own money into this race and has a whopping $85,720.93 cash on hand going into the final month of the election. He has only spent $32,000 of his money so far. Alfredo has a clear cash advantage at this point which really makes this a toss up race. With all of Pulido’s bad publicity lately, this is not good news.
One other point to make, in this cycle Miguel Pulido received contributions 23 separate donors, in which only 1 was from Santa Ana and the remaining 22 have no small business in the city. On the other hand, Alfredo Amezcua received contributions from 30 separate donors, 13 of them who reside in Santa Ana and another 8 of them own a small business in the city, bringing it to 21 out of 30 from average folks who care about the directions of this city while Miguel is getting donations from groups who are seeking contracts to absolutely nothing for our city except reap our tax dollars.
As we head into the closing stretch, it will be interesting to see what will happen. The outlook is definitely bright for Amezcua.