I reviewed the late expenditure reports for Tom Daly last night and found that big business interests have released a tsunami of cash in support of County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly’s campaign for State Assembly in the 69th Assembly District. This dwarfs the $198,000 dropped so far into the Orange County Labor Federation’s Dignity PAC supporting Julio Perez, and more than makes up for his dismal fundraising performance.
The independent expenditures come from JOBSPAC, A BI-PARTISAN COALITION OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS, and CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE COMMITTEE.
The support from business interests for Daly is not unexpected. With the backing of the right leaning Orange County Business Council, Daly is considered the best Democrat that Republican money can buy, in a race where a Democrat is all but certain to win in the general election. Now that the faucet has opened for Daly, be prepared for more money to enter the race for Perez from Dignity PAC as needed.
Michele Martinez has yet to see any of that big IE push from Indian Tribal groups for her that she bragged about on the train ride a few months ago. Maybe she spoke too soon? Maybe the absence of those funds is why she wanted to change Santa Ana campaign finance rules allowing her to shake down potential donors whose contracts she recently voted in favor of.
In addition to the flood of cash,
The Orange County Taxpayers Association Political Action Committee (OCTaxPAC) announced its endorsement of Daly.
“We enthusiastically support Tom Daly for Assembly. We are confident that Mr. Daly will help get the state back on the right track and will protect the taxpayers of Orange County. We believe that Tom will make a strong showing in this highly contested race,” said Reed Royalty, a member of the Board of OCTaxPAC.
Reed Royalty, and the Orange County Taxpayers Association founder, are vocal opponents of public employee pensions and labor groups. Their endorsement of Daly is likely to add fuel to their opposition to his candidacy.
The race in the 69th is heating up, and the money is really pouring in.