Oct. 13, 2011 | Rob Bonta’s campaign for assembly is on a fundraising binge. The freshman Alameda councilman told The Citizen Tuesday night his campaign has jumped over the six-figures mark and nearing $120,000. The amount would put him nearly square with a few of his opponents, namely Joel Young and Abel Guillen. Oakland’s Kathy Neal is also running to replace termed out Sandre Swanson next spring.
In terms of fundraising, Bonta has gone from zero-to-sixty. During the first half of this year, Bonta’s fundraising reports filled with the state secretary of state, showed no funds while his account for council was thousands in the red.
None of the quick infusion of cash came from his more famous Yale schoolmate, Theo Epstein, he said. “No, I’ll have to call him,” said Bonta. Epstein, who was general manager of the Boston Red Sox during their run to two World Series titles, gave $500 last year to his college friend’s council campaign. Reports say Epstein is likely to sign a $15 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. Might some of that money be coming to the friendly confines of Alameda?