Bonta Also Using Connections To Reap Benefits From Outside Donors

ELECTION ’12//ASSEMBLY 18 NOTES
May 31, 2012 | Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta may be well on his way to winning the California primary in the 18th Assembly District, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t laying the early groundwork for the November general election, against either Abel Guillen or Joel Young.

Bonta’s has been on the receiving end of $34,392 in independent expenditures from a group calling itself, the Golden State Leadership Fund PAC. The connection between the two is likely Bonta’s campaign consultant, Duffy & Capitolo, which has been a donor to the PAC in the past.

QUAN’S ENDORSEMENT Abel Guillen greatest accomplishment thus far has been his ability to gain the trust and support of many in Oakland’s progressive community. Its genesis goes back to last fall as brave and idealistic Occupy Oakland protesters converged of Frank Ogawa Plaza and stared down the Oakland PD, Guillen pushed the Peralta Community College District to study moving its assets out of big banks to smaller community institutions.

It must have been a bit disconcerting then, for those supporters to learn Wednesday that Guillen had received the endorsement of the archenemy of their movement, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. This is what makes politics so interesting. Maybe the sliver of Asian Americans supporting Quan that Guillen may attract pushes him into the top two. Conversely, it could also push disillusioned young Occupy voters to say, forget it, I have a some Swiss chard to harvest Tuesday at my community garden.

MORE ATTACKS ON JOEL YOUNG After California Alliance, the consumer attorney and conservationists group that has levied a barrage of harsh attacks on Joel Young in the past few weeks, paid for $24,000 in polling, it may have shown his campaign is not yet entirely done, although, likely on life support. Another expenditure followed, raising the total to over $89,000 from a single special interest group in opposition to his campaign.

Some have questioned who is behind the special interest group and which of Young’s opponents they seek to aid. Another clue emerged this week. The California Federation of Teachers contributed $25,000 to California Alliance earlier this month, which was reported May 24. The teachers’ union is one of Guillen’s biggest supporters.

Nevertheless, the latest negative mailer (shown here) is yet another example of the vitriol Young’s antics on both a personal and public level, have done to torpedo his campaign. It doesn’t get more harsh than this mailer, outside of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove-type mudslinging.