Bill Lockyer Contributes Hefty Sum to Spouse’s Campaign

Bill Lockyer campaign donates over $300,000 in last two months; Less than 1% of Nadia’s fundraising comes from within District By Steven Tavares
In the past two months, Alameda County supervisor candidate Nadia Lockyer has raised over $410,000 with most of it coming from the campaign largess of her husband Bill Lockyer’s re-election for state treasurer, according to reports filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

The Bill Lockyer for Treasurer 2010 campaign made two donations totalling $300,000 in April and May to his wife’s campaign. To date, Biil Lockyer has been, by far, the largest contributor to Nadia Lockyer’s bid to replace retiring supervisor Gail Steele on the Board of Supervisors. Of the $647,000, Nadia Lockyer has raised in this campaign, Bill has contributed over $469,000.

Lockyer’s opponent, Hayward Councilman Kevin Dowling, called the sum “breathtaking” and says reform is needed to manage fund-raising at the county level. “This shows the county needs campaign finance reform,” said Dowling. “If this election was in Hayward, Bill could not be able to give this kind of money because of fund-raising limits we have.”

According to the report filed with the FPPC, Bill Lockyer’s campaign also contributed $2,262.24 in child care services to Nadia Lockyer’s campaign. Dowling told The Citizen Friday afternoon that he questions whether listing the services of a nanny for their young child is a legitimate campaign expenditure.

Dowling’s campaign fund-raising report was not available Friday, but he says he has raised between $15,000-20,000 over the past two months with $10,000 cash-in-hand. Former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, meanwhile, reported raising just $5,000 with $17,000 cash-in-hand. In contrast, Nadia Lockyer brought in over $341,000 over the past two months and over $50,000 in cash-on-hand with the help of her husband’s campaign, but with very little local financial support, something her opponents have long criticized.

Less than one percent of Lockyer’s two-month fund-raising total comes from contributions within the district she hopes to represent. A total of $3,025 was raised mostly from supporters in Hayward, according to the FPPC. The campaign has faced lingering criticism from its opponents over the appearance Lockyer’s support only emanates from outside the area. Earlier this year, Dowling sent a press release slamming Lockyer’s lack of local support by trumpeting a mere one percent of her fund-raising at the time came from within District 2.

Controversy erupted over the issue, when the campus newspaper at Cal State-East Bay published an article asserting the one percent allegation. Numerous apologies were issued by The Pioneer. Its faculty adviser Dr. Robert Terrell says the Lockyer campaign asked to remove the reporter for alleged acts that questioned a bias towards one of the other candidates. Terrell, though, says the Lockyer campaign never requested to retract the story.