As we roll into the Memorial Day weekend, we took a look at the campaign cash race in the 69th Assembly District contest. The reports provide detailed insight into who supports who, and how much money is being tossed in the direction of the candidates. The major players in this contest are OC County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez, and Labor activist Julio Perez.
The Pre-election reports show Julio Perez in the lead with cash on hand at $70,835, Michele Martinez follows Perez with $34,187 on hand. Tom Daly has the least of the top three on hand at $12,224. Cash on hand shows the strength of each individual campaign to control and deliver their message to voters in the final two weeks before election day.
But cash on hand is only part of the story.
The big story is the amount of independent expenditure dollars pouring into the race for the 69th AD. Most of this money is benefiting Tom Daly. By our count, nearly $625,000 has been spent to support Daly by independent expenditure PACs funded by big business interests. This is more than three times the roughly $200,000 in independent expenditures from pro-labor committees in support of Julio Perez.
Councilwoman Michele Martinez has benefited from just under $5,400 spent to date by an IE committee set up by a Santa Ana developer. There is still roughly $10,000 in that committee account available to spend on her behalf. We note that Ms. Martinez has yet to post any expenditures related to her documented fundraising excursions to Sacramento and other locations throughout the state. we know she traveled to generate support and raise money for her candidacy, she just refuses to show the expenditures. Candidates Daly and Perez have meticulously documented all of their fundraising expenditures.
There are no reports of note for Republican Jose “Joe” Moreno and Santa Ana activist Francisco Barragan.
Please feel free to review the reports yourself, and let us know what you find. Click on this link and scroll down to the 69th Assembly Race and follow the links to the candidate reports.