Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Big Labor was angling to slap a campaign finance complaint this week against the conservative Independent Expenditure (IE) committee backed by the Koch Brothers for failing to report the amount of money it spent for a web commercial in opposition of Susan Bonilla in the tight State Senate special election in the Seventh District.

The executive director for the statewide Service Employees Union International filed a complaint Wednesday with the state Fair Political Practices Commission alleging the IE group Independent Women’s Voice failed to file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State’s office within 24 hours of the expenditure.

Although it appears the group, which has supported ultra-conservative candidates and causes throughout the country, did not file required reports with the 24-hour period any sanctions against the group are unlikely since it posted reports on Thursday.

The IEs expenditure for the web-based campaign including a 30-second commercial and linked website, labeling Bonilla as “fiscally irresponsible,” cost $6,700, according to the filing.

Despite the IE narrowly averting criticism for the timeliness of its filing, it’s still another indication the tenor of opposition against moderate Democrat Steve Glazer’s campaign is intensifying as the race enter the final 10 days before May 19 special election.

Meanwhile, IEs, unrelated to Glazer’s campaign, but, who support his efforts have continued a onslaught of mailers in his favor, along with attack ads against Bonilla, also a Democrat. (Labor-backed IEs support Bonilla have also unleashed a similar, costly wave of mailers.)

Not only are nerves frayed between competing campaigns, but also among special interests.

The Sierra Club California on Wednesday lashed out against the Chamber of Commerce-backed JobsPAC independent expenditure group for the unauthorized use of its logo in a mailer supporting Glazer.

In a bluntly worded statement, the Sierra Club said it has not endorsed any candidate in the Seventh District race. “The irony is that one of the long-time barriers to environmental policy progress, the California Chamber of Commerce, has used the Club’s logo on its JobsPAC mailers to win votes for its favored candidate.”

The statement continues, “Is this the start of a trend? Has the Chamber decided environmental groups are correct after all? Can we now expect the California Chamber to actually support good environmental legislation?

“I doubt it. But hope springs eternal.”

7 thoughts on “Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

  1. Well the Corporate shill won and the consumer and middle class lost. That will change in Nov. 2016.


  2. What hasn't been pointed out is that Second Place Sue, she is a Second Place Sue, was the people's choice for Number Two–best the bitch can do. She joins the scrap heap of rejects: MITTbranti, Whorbett, HO Tam, HO-Yashi, Whortney Stark, the list goes on and on.

    Until union whores bend over and admit that they are irrelevant and must do their masters–the people–bidding, their puppets will continue to go down to defeat. Next up, we're going to take out Dick Valley. No union sluts need apply!


  3. What hasn't been pointed out so far is that Glazer was almost totally funded by anti-consumer groups. The middle and lower class lost when he won. Our family doesn't belong to a union but I agree that 2016 will bring out more anti-Glazer voters and will probably spell his doom. Usually more progressive candidates win in presidential years. 23% voting in this election will be doubled or tripled in 2016. Those voters will represent the people. Then we will know who the people's choice really is.


  4. So, so proud to be supporting our next state senator, Steve Glazer. He is a man of, by, and for the PEOPLE, not the special interests. Come next Tuesday night the union whores are going to say 'Wha happened! We got decimated.' That's right, and the sound of the other shoe dropping, will be the PEOPLE taking back THEIR government from the special interest union whores.

    Senator-elect Steve Glazer–he's THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE!


  5. Glazer is not clean since he has taken over twice as much special interest money than his cleaner opponent Susan Bonilla. What a joke he is!

    Glazer has a rich Billionaire from SoCal developer pouring millions into his election because he wants NoCal drinking water to go South. He also has the extreme conservative out of state billionaires, the Koch Brothers now pouring millions into his campaign.

    My friends and I will be voting for the more moderate Susan Bonilla backed by Congressman Eric Swalwell and former Congressman George Miller as well as Police and Fire. Susan Bonilla is the people's choice.

    P.S. Glazer raised taxes many times in Orinda as a Councilman.


  6. I had already decided to vote for Mr. Glazer since he's the only clean 'politician' in this race. My neighbor then reminded me that Second Place Sue still has time left on her assembly term. She's greedy. She's decided that she wants the tax payers to spend for yet ANOTHER special election, which is exactly what would happen if she jumped boats to the senate. Let her finish her term and then–G-d forbid–go back to the private sector and work for a living. We don't need yet another special election at tax payer expense. My neighbor is right that Steve Glazer is the best choice in the election. A vote for Steve is a vote against spending for a special election.

    I am convinced. Steve Glazer is definitely the People's Choice and great for the tax payers, too!!!


  7. My family would rather have a moderate woman like Susan who gets her support from unions than someone like Glazer who worked for the corporate elite and has gotten close to 7 million from these extreme conservative out of the District and out of State right-wing groups.


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