Feb. 1, 2012 | Joel Young’s legal troubles over the past year have not totally held back his campaign for the 18th assembly district, but domestic violence allegations made by a former girlfriend appears to have plugged the flow of cash to his campaign since last November.

Despite the charges last year that Young struck his then-girlfriend in the face one early morning last March after she found him in bed with another woman, his campaign still leads his three opponents for the open assembly seat with over $171,000 cash on hand, according to fundraising reports released Tuesday.

Inside the numbers, though, reveals Young’s fourth quarter fundraising dollars dried up considerably during the past three months. His $46,970 in donations was the lowest among the four candidate for the seat representing Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro.

While Young’s formidable cash on hand leads the other candidates, it is inflated with few expenditures, for instance, to campaign handlers and consultants. Young also gave himself a $7,500 loan last month.

The news of Young’s legal troubles, according to fundraising reports, may have helped the campaign of Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta. His $162,000 in fundraising during the last quarter of 2011 represented nearly half of the total received by all four candidates combined.

Excluding nearly $45,000 in consultant and fundraising fees, Bonta maintains over $132,000 in the bank for the beginning of the stretch run to the June primary, according to the reports.

Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen may also be a benefactor of Young’s image problems. His campaign war chest, loaded with a large number of small donations and buoyed by significant endorsements from labor unions, most notably, this week from the powerhouse California Nurses Association, attracted over $66,000 in fundraising during the last three months.

The figure is second to Bonta. Guillen has just over $107,000 in cash on hand, according to reports, not including $13,650 in loans to his campaign.

Former Oakland Port Commissioner Kathy Neal reported nearly $31,000 in cash on hand. Her upstart campaign netted a tad over $47,000 in the last quarter of 2011–narrowing edging Young for third during the same period.

THE HAUL (cash on hand ending 12/31/11)
Neal……………….$ 30,946