Prosecutor has given O’Malley’s campaign $8,750 this election cycle
Outside of contributions from local police unions, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s most generous group of donors has been attorney’s working in her own office. Alameda County prosecutors have consistently poured tens of thousands in contributions to O’Malley’s re-election campaign.
For example, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney John Brouhard has donated a total of $8,750 to his boss’s campaign over the course of the current election cycle. But while other Alameda County prosecutors have written sizable checks to O’Malley’s campaign recently, Brouhard took it a step further Wednesday when he lobbied the Alameda County Republican Central Committee to vote against O’Malley’s challenger, Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price, according to those at the meeting in San Leandro.
“He wasn’t pounding the table for O’Malley,” said Alameda County Republican Central Committee member Ron Cohen, “he was begging us to tell our supporters to look down the ballot and not to vote for Pamela Price.”
Brouhard’s appearance was not part of the committee’s regular meeting and lasted just five minutes. But during the presentation, Brouhard pounded at two themes, according to those in attendance: Price will ignore away from the prosecutorial aspects of the job, if elected, in addition, to the late emergence in the race of progressive billionaire George Soros, who is funding a campaign in support of Price.
“He said [Price] is a civil rights attorney and a political ideologue,” said Cohen,” and an existential threat to administration of justice in county.”
Katie Merrill, Price’s campaign consultant, said Price intends to use her background to reform the DA’s office. “As District Attorney, Pamela Price will use her 30 years of experience as a civil rights attorney to reform the Alameda County DA’s office by ending mass incarceration and racial disparities in prosecutions and by taking on police abuse and misconduct.”
Raising Soros’ name in front of conservatives, as the prosecutor did, is akin to progressives foaming at the mouth at the mere mention of the Koch Brothers and their right-wing agenda. “What interest does he have in Alameda County?” said Cohen. “He’s some guy who lives in Hungary.”
Over the past month, Soros has spent $275,000 through an independent expenditure committee in support of reform-minded candidates for district attorney in Sacramento and San Diego Counties, along with Price in Alameda County.
Brouhard’s presentation Wednesday, however, will not lead to anything official, in terms of support for O’Malley among the county GOP since she is a registered Democrat.