Money Flying Around in the 8th AD Race

It is definitely not safe to open your mailbox these days.

Anyone opening their mailbox is likely to receive a slew of campaign fliers. A large number of them are not even from the campaigns themselves. Rather they are IEs (Independent Expenditures).

According to an article from the Fairfield Daily Republic, reprinted in the Davis Enterprise this morning, the candidates themselves have raised large amount of money from the primary. The number they report for West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon seems a bit low at over $500,000 while Mariko Yamada, Yolo County Supervisor has raised just over half that.

However, the real battle is with the IEs. Undoubtedly anyone with a pulse has seen the EdVoice ads.

“In February, the education advocacy group EdVoice earmarked $350,000 to use on behalf of Cabaldon, who was president of the group until resigning in January.

Since then, a group representing real estate agents and firms has spent about $50,000 on Cabaldon’s behalf, a trade organization representing apartment and rental housing owners has spent $15,000 and a group called the Cooperative of American Physicians has spent more than $40,000. “

Meanwhile, Mariko Yamada has received commitments over more than $300,000 from a variety of unions including CTA, SEIU, and $12,000 from the California Professional Firefighters.

In the last few days, the ads sent for Mariko Yamada by these groups have been particularly vicious.

One ad featured the Acronym “WRONG” and ranged from attacking Cabaldon for once again not paying his parking tickets to supporting Republicans and Wal Mart. Like so many ads, it is filled with half-truths, distortions, and trivial matters. Yesterday, was a more blunt attack, using the West Sacramento Wal-Mart as as a wedge issue.

For a campaign that had pledged to keep it clean, I have seen much in the way of attacks both coming from the IEs (which in fairness, the campaigns supposedly have no connection to nor control of) but also from the Yamada camp itself. It is one thing to criticize the West Sacramento Mayor of bringing Wal Mart to West Sacramento. We can decide whether than was justified and what that means for him. It is another to use parking tickets and the car boot as some kind of personal attack.

The Yamada campaign’s most recent communication to its supporters and volunteers is promoting a big precinct walk in Solano County next weekend.

At the end it writes:

“It is important that we make a major statement about the importance of grass-roots, volunteer-based politics, and send a message to the big-money interests who seek to buy this election for their own purposes. Stand up and make a difference!”

The Yamada campaign has been outspent by the Cabaldon campaign. To date, the Cabaldon campaign’s supporters have sent out more mail. But if Mariko Yamada really is receiving $300,000 from a variety of groups and they continue to send out attack pieces in the mail, they are just as guilty of allowing “big-money” interests play a role in this election.

Attack politics do not serve the people well. Criticizing someone over parking tickets does not tell us who would be a better Assemblymember or who will represent the needs of this district the best. What happened to campaigning on ideas and experience?

I want to read Mariko Yamada tell us why her five years as Yolo County Supervisor, her experience as a social worker and an activist qualify her to be Assemblywoman. I want to read about her ideas for the future of this district. I want to hear about how they differ from her opponent. As much as I think Cabaldon (or more accurately his IEs) has done too much in the way of mail, at least he has laid out that vision clearly. Let’s let the voters decide which vision and whose record they want representing them.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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92 comments

  1. We are observing the final stages of the flameout of the Yamada campaign, already far behind, left with only the strategy of character assassination.

    How long before she plays the gay marriage card against Cabaldon in Solano County? A mailer with a picture of a figurine of Cabaldon and another man on top of a wedding cake?

    Give it about a week to ten days.

    Anyway, DPD, you must know that your questions about Mariko, and what she stands for in comparison with Cabaldon, are strictly rhetorical.

    The difference is simple, Mariko is for Mariko, and that’s that.

    –Richard Estes

  2. We are observing the final stages of the flameout of the Yamada campaign, already far behind, left with only the strategy of character assassination.

    How long before she plays the gay marriage card against Cabaldon in Solano County? A mailer with a picture of a figurine of Cabaldon and another man on top of a wedding cake?

    Give it about a week to ten days.

    Anyway, DPD, you must know that your questions about Mariko, and what she stands for in comparison with Cabaldon, are strictly rhetorical.

    The difference is simple, Mariko is for Mariko, and that’s that.

    –Richard Estes

  3. We are observing the final stages of the flameout of the Yamada campaign, already far behind, left with only the strategy of character assassination.

    How long before she plays the gay marriage card against Cabaldon in Solano County? A mailer with a picture of a figurine of Cabaldon and another man on top of a wedding cake?

    Give it about a week to ten days.

    Anyway, DPD, you must know that your questions about Mariko, and what she stands for in comparison with Cabaldon, are strictly rhetorical.

    The difference is simple, Mariko is for Mariko, and that’s that.

    –Richard Estes

  4. We are observing the final stages of the flameout of the Yamada campaign, already far behind, left with only the strategy of character assassination.

    How long before she plays the gay marriage card against Cabaldon in Solano County? A mailer with a picture of a figurine of Cabaldon and another man on top of a wedding cake?

    Give it about a week to ten days.

    Anyway, DPD, you must know that your questions about Mariko, and what she stands for in comparison with Cabaldon, are strictly rhetorical.

    The difference is simple, Mariko is for Mariko, and that’s that.

    –Richard Estes

  5. I have not seen a substantive mailer from Mariko yet, and have a good working knowledge of Cabaldon’s talking points after all of his mail has hit my mailbox. My decision was already made, but this cemented it. He’s a person of substance, she’s just an attack dog now.

  6. I have not seen a substantive mailer from Mariko yet, and have a good working knowledge of Cabaldon’s talking points after all of his mail has hit my mailbox. My decision was already made, but this cemented it. He’s a person of substance, she’s just an attack dog now.

  7. I have not seen a substantive mailer from Mariko yet, and have a good working knowledge of Cabaldon’s talking points after all of his mail has hit my mailbox. My decision was already made, but this cemented it. He’s a person of substance, she’s just an attack dog now.

  8. I have not seen a substantive mailer from Mariko yet, and have a good working knowledge of Cabaldon’s talking points after all of his mail has hit my mailbox. My decision was already made, but this cemented it. He’s a person of substance, she’s just an attack dog now.

  9. “Mature” voters understand that campaign rhetoric and promises are no more than just that….
    The Yamada/Cabaldon campaign hinges on the issue of voters’ assessment of the candidate’s PERSONAL qualities,e.g.,trustworthiness, and integrity. The Yamada/Cabaldon primary campaign parallels the Obama/Clinton primary contest and the result may very well be the same.

  10. “Mature” voters understand that campaign rhetoric and promises are no more than just that….
    The Yamada/Cabaldon campaign hinges on the issue of voters’ assessment of the candidate’s PERSONAL qualities,e.g.,trustworthiness, and integrity. The Yamada/Cabaldon primary campaign parallels the Obama/Clinton primary contest and the result may very well be the same.

  11. “Mature” voters understand that campaign rhetoric and promises are no more than just that….
    The Yamada/Cabaldon campaign hinges on the issue of voters’ assessment of the candidate’s PERSONAL qualities,e.g.,trustworthiness, and integrity. The Yamada/Cabaldon primary campaign parallels the Obama/Clinton primary contest and the result may very well be the same.

  12. “Mature” voters understand that campaign rhetoric and promises are no more than just that….
    The Yamada/Cabaldon campaign hinges on the issue of voters’ assessment of the candidate’s PERSONAL qualities,e.g.,trustworthiness, and integrity. The Yamada/Cabaldon primary campaign parallels the Obama/Clinton primary contest and the result may very well be the same.

  13. You’d think in this town, all “save the earth” and “recycle” and whatnot, they might want to save some trees…. my paper recycling bag is crammed full these days, and the more paper I get, the less inclined I am to vote for those who spam me.

  14. You’d think in this town, all “save the earth” and “recycle” and whatnot, they might want to save some trees…. my paper recycling bag is crammed full these days, and the more paper I get, the less inclined I am to vote for those who spam me.

  15. You’d think in this town, all “save the earth” and “recycle” and whatnot, they might want to save some trees…. my paper recycling bag is crammed full these days, and the more paper I get, the less inclined I am to vote for those who spam me.

  16. You’d think in this town, all “save the earth” and “recycle” and whatnot, they might want to save some trees…. my paper recycling bag is crammed full these days, and the more paper I get, the less inclined I am to vote for those who spam me.

  17. I think it important for Democrats to know how much anti-labor money is flowing through the Cabaldon campaign via EDVOICE. Here is a partial list of EDVOICE donors who either usually donate to Republican causes or are developers;
    Lawrence Stupski: $141,600
    RN Woolley Jr. : $94,000
    Donlad Fisher: $188,800
    Carrie Walton Penner: $94,400
    William F. Cronk III: $94,400
    Eli Broad: $94,400
    John Doerr: $294,400

  18. I think it important for Democrats to know how much anti-labor money is flowing through the Cabaldon campaign via EDVOICE. Here is a partial list of EDVOICE donors who either usually donate to Republican causes or are developers;
    Lawrence Stupski: $141,600
    RN Woolley Jr. : $94,000
    Donlad Fisher: $188,800
    Carrie Walton Penner: $94,400
    William F. Cronk III: $94,400
    Eli Broad: $94,400
    John Doerr: $294,400

  19. I think it important for Democrats to know how much anti-labor money is flowing through the Cabaldon campaign via EDVOICE. Here is a partial list of EDVOICE donors who either usually donate to Republican causes or are developers;
    Lawrence Stupski: $141,600
    RN Woolley Jr. : $94,000
    Donlad Fisher: $188,800
    Carrie Walton Penner: $94,400
    William F. Cronk III: $94,400
    Eli Broad: $94,400
    John Doerr: $294,400

  20. I think it important for Democrats to know how much anti-labor money is flowing through the Cabaldon campaign via EDVOICE. Here is a partial list of EDVOICE donors who either usually donate to Republican causes or are developers;
    Lawrence Stupski: $141,600
    RN Woolley Jr. : $94,000
    Donlad Fisher: $188,800
    Carrie Walton Penner: $94,400
    William F. Cronk III: $94,400
    Eli Broad: $94,400
    John Doerr: $294,400

  21. I’ve seen mailers attacking Cabaldon, from IE’s that support Mariko, but haven’t seen any negative attacks against Mariko from Cabaldon or IE’s that back him. So that leads me to the conclusion that those who support Cabaldon are much nicer human beings than those who support Mariko.

  22. I’ve seen mailers attacking Cabaldon, from IE’s that support Mariko, but haven’t seen any negative attacks against Mariko from Cabaldon or IE’s that back him. So that leads me to the conclusion that those who support Cabaldon are much nicer human beings than those who support Mariko.

  23. I’ve seen mailers attacking Cabaldon, from IE’s that support Mariko, but haven’t seen any negative attacks against Mariko from Cabaldon or IE’s that back him. So that leads me to the conclusion that those who support Cabaldon are much nicer human beings than those who support Mariko.

  24. I’ve seen mailers attacking Cabaldon, from IE’s that support Mariko, but haven’t seen any negative attacks against Mariko from Cabaldon or IE’s that back him. So that leads me to the conclusion that those who support Cabaldon are much nicer human beings than those who support Mariko.

  25. i find it rather telling that the IEs for cabaldon are coming from corporate, conservative sources, while yamada’s are coming from unions. if their positions are identical, why the proxy battle?

    for all the incessant discussion of how a conspiracy of developer money (in $100 chunks) controls davis politics, i find it rather surprising how uninterested the same people are when insurance, real estate and wal mart money (in tens and hundred of dollar chunks) backs one side of a primary.

    especially given that the body of government they’re running for will probably cast votes on health care, land use and rent control in the next term.

  26. i find it rather telling that the IEs for cabaldon are coming from corporate, conservative sources, while yamada’s are coming from unions. if their positions are identical, why the proxy battle?

    for all the incessant discussion of how a conspiracy of developer money (in $100 chunks) controls davis politics, i find it rather surprising how uninterested the same people are when insurance, real estate and wal mart money (in tens and hundred of dollar chunks) backs one side of a primary.

    especially given that the body of government they’re running for will probably cast votes on health care, land use and rent control in the next term.

  27. i find it rather telling that the IEs for cabaldon are coming from corporate, conservative sources, while yamada’s are coming from unions. if their positions are identical, why the proxy battle?

    for all the incessant discussion of how a conspiracy of developer money (in $100 chunks) controls davis politics, i find it rather surprising how uninterested the same people are when insurance, real estate and wal mart money (in tens and hundred of dollar chunks) backs one side of a primary.

    especially given that the body of government they’re running for will probably cast votes on health care, land use and rent control in the next term.

  28. i find it rather telling that the IEs for cabaldon are coming from corporate, conservative sources, while yamada’s are coming from unions. if their positions are identical, why the proxy battle?

    for all the incessant discussion of how a conspiracy of developer money (in $100 chunks) controls davis politics, i find it rather surprising how uninterested the same people are when insurance, real estate and wal mart money (in tens and hundred of dollar chunks) backs one side of a primary.

    especially given that the body of government they’re running for will probably cast votes on health care, land use and rent control in the next term.