Alameda County District 1 supervisorial candidate David Haubert has raised more than $430,000 in contribution this year, according to campaign finance reports released this week.
Haubert, the mayor of Dublin, also holds a sizable cash reserve of more than three times larger than his opponent, Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon.
Haubert raised $195,016 during the reporting period between July 1 and Sept. 19. His campaign spent $139,806 during the same period, giving Haubert a cash reserve of $199,824 for the final seven weeks of the race. Haubert is carrying $2,500 in outstanding debt, according to finance reports.
The ability of Haubert’s campaign to raise tremendous amounts of campaign contributions has been a talking point for Bacon throughout the campaign. Haubert’s finacnes have been larded with large contributions from housing developers and real estate interests.
Both donor types have been demonized by Bacon, who touts himself as by the “clean-money” candidate in the race. Going back to his campaigns for the Fremont City Council, Bacon has eschewed donations from developers and other special interest groups. But the prohibition has clearly undercut his ability to keep up with Haubert’s extraordinary cash flow during the General Election season.
This week’s campaign finance reports has show a disturbing trend. Although Bacon topped the four-person March primary field, his ability to raise money has diminished recently. Bacon reported $63,928 in fundraising through the first six months of this year.
In comparison to Haubert’s finance report, Bacon raised a paltry $21, 294 during the July 1 to Sept. 19 reporting period, along with expenditures of $73,266. Bacon’s campaign reported no outstanding debt. Year-to-date, Bacon has raised $125,699, which includes a $50,000 personal loan.
Haubert and Bacon are seeking to replace long-time District 1 Alameda County Superisor Scott Haggerty, who is retiring.