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.