Express: Bill Lockyer’s Million Dollar Baby

By Steven Tavares
The race for Alameda County supervisor comes down to one donor: Bill Lockyer. The state treasurer, himself up for re-election this fall, has contributed more than $1 million to the campaign of his wife, Nadia Lockyer, in what has become the most expensive supervisorial race in Alameda County history. The cash haul has largely overshadowed anything of substance in the candidate’s race against former state Senator Liz Figueroa to replace the retiring Gail Steele.

County supervisor elections do not have fund-raising limits, which has allowed the Lockyers to almost fully fund a campaign relying on large outlays to political consultants and staff. Financial disclosure forms filed last week showed that Bill Lockyer’s campaign for treasurer pumped an additional $450,000 in donations to his wife’s campaign, pushing the total amount of cash over $1 million. And this doesn’t include in-kind contributions such as web site construction, child care, and staff…

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