With 28 days to the election, fundraising gap between mayoral candidates widens

Five of the eight people running for mayor wait before the start of the CENA/Bateman Neighborhood Association Forum. From left to right: Jesse Arreguin, Ben Gould, Kriss Worthington, Laurie Capitelli, and Mike Lee. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
Five of the eight people running for Berkeley mayor wait before the start of the CENA/Bateman Neighborhood Association Forum. From left to right: Jesse Arreguín, Ben Gould, Kriss Worthington, Laurie Capitelli and Mike Lee. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

See update at bottom.

With 28 days until the Nov. 8 election, Berkeley mayoral candidate, and city councilman, Laurie Capitelli has more than twice the amount of cash to spend on the race than his fellow candidate, City Councilman Jesse Arreguín. And he has 15 times as much to spend as City Councilman Kriss Worthington, who is also running to replace outgoing Mayor Tom Bates.

From July 1 to Sept. 24, the reporting period of the most recent campaign finance filings, Capitelli reported that he raised $31,288, bringing the total amount he has raised since 2015 to around $104,000. He still has $76,700 on hand for the rest of the race.

Arreguín raised $19,461 in that same period, for a total raised of about $69,000. Arreguín has $30,375 on hand.


Worthington has raised $5,804 in that period and has spent $810, leaving him with $4,994.

Ben Gould, a graduate student running for mayor, raised $2,585 from July 1 to Sept. 24, bringing his total to $8,885.

Naomi D. Pete reported she had raised $85, but she did not write down who gave the donation.

Mike Lee, who is running for mayor, at his "office" at Au Coquelet on June 22, 2016. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
Mike Lee, who is running for mayor, at his “office” at Au Coquelet on June 22, 2016. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Guy “Mike” Lee, Bernt Wahl and Zachary RunningWolf did not file any campaign finance statements, indicating they had not raised any funds.

Some of the donors who contributed $250 to Capitelli include Lakshmireddy Lakireddy, the owner of Everest Properties; Susie Medak, Executive Director of Berkeley Repertory Theater; Steven Goldin, CEO of Swerve, a furniture company; Elizabeth Echols, a former Assembly candidate; Glen, Diane and Kari Yasuda, the family who owns Berkeley Bowl; Mike Alvarez-Cohen, the director of UC Berkeley’s Innovation and Commercialization department; Peter and Steven Read, whose family owns Grocery Outlet and who are building an apartment complex on the site of the former grocery store; and the PACs of the International Brotherhood of Local Workers Local 595 and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 104. Other donors include Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos website; David Teece, chairman of the Berkeley Research Group; and Matthew Taecker, an urban planner who helped get the new hotel on Shattuck and Center approved.

Some of Arreguín’s donors include former Mayor Shirley Dean, who gave $250; Alejandro Soto-Vigil, a Rent Board member and aide to Worthington, who donated $250; Lisa Bullwinkel, who produces many events around Berkeley, gave $200. San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos donated $50. Paul Hogarth, a campaign manager for Daily Kos, gave $100. Ellen Hahn, the mother of District Five candidate Sophie Hahn, gave $100, and  Sophie’s sister gave $250. Cathy Campbell, a BUSD teacher and the head of the teacher’s union, donated $100. Ann Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace, donated $50, according to campaign filings.

Some of the people who donated $250 to Worthington include Becky and Michael O’Malley, the founders of the Berkeley Daily Planet; Boona Cheema, the former director of BOSS; and Patricia Wall, the executive director of the Homeless Action Center.


Some of Gould’s donors include City Councilwoman Lori Droste, who donated $250, and City Councilwoman Susan Wengraf, who donated $100. (They had previously donated to Capitelli.)

Update 10/12: The National Association of Realtors spent $36,342 on online ads in support of Capitelli’s mayoral candidacy, according to campaign filings. The group also paid for some ads for Wengraf, but does not mention that in the filings.

Related:

Berkeley mayoral candidates square off about budget, homelessness (10.05.16)
With Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich endorsements, mayor’s race goes national (09.15.16)
The mayor’s race is off and running: Where do campaign coffers stand? (08.04.16)

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