Who has the Early Big Money Advantage in AD-69?

Fundraising reports for the end of 2011 aren’t due in for another week and a half, but contributions made to candidates over $5,000 are already posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

The early big money fundraising advantage in AD-69 goes to labor activist Julio Perez with $31,200.  You can see his contributions here.  Next in line is Santa Ana council member Michele Martinez who made two contributions on New Year’s eye totalling $15,707.02.  You can see her records here. OC Clerk Recorder Tom Daly’s committee has not electronically filed a Form 460/461/450 for this election cycle, so we didn’t see any contributions over $5,000 through the end of the year.  Santa Ana activist Francisco Barrigan is not yet listed on the Secretary of State’s web site.

For Perez, the large contributions come from unions which isn’t unexpected for the Labor activist turned candidate.  He received $7,800 in contributions from the United Nurses Association of California, the California Federal of Teachers, and UFCW Region 8.  The UFCW Local 324 presented Perez with two checks for $3,900 each.  Perez told TheLiberalOC late last year he anticipates reporting more than $100,000 in contributions through the end of 2011.

Martinez’s big money contributor is — Martinez.  She cut herself two checks on New Year’s Eve for the entire $15,707.02. 

We’ll be reviewing each candidate’s financials due in at the end of this month.

  5 comments for “Who has the Early Big Money Advantage in AD-69?

  1. ocmartiniman
    January 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I betcha Michelle’s checks BOUNCED! BOING BOING BOING

  2. January 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    No, they were probably money orders she bought with cash earned from past success fees, street vending, or something like that.

  3. MF Jones
    January 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

    How does a woman who has just been foreclosed on, has been bouncing from job to job, and has a high rent and car payment able to have $15,000 laying around to give herself? Food for thought.

  4. January 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    She gets a car allowance from the city and she lives in an apartment near downtown, so no big mortgage payment or homeowners insurance.

    It does beg the question, if she has $15,707.02 to invest in her campaign, why didn’t she use the money to save her condo from foreclosure.

  5. Gil
    January 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Maybe Papi Pulido gave Michelle money or one of her boyfreinds, I mean her boyfriend Roger Hernandez.

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