Dollar signs point toward Das (updated)

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(An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported data about Susan Jordan's report)

After playing a tiresome game of chicken throughout the day on Monday, 35th Assembly District Democratic candidates finally filed their campaign finance reports in the evening (Das Williams blinked first, shortly before 6; Susan Jordan waited until almost 9 p.m.).

When it was finally available, however, the information was indeed revealing. It showed Williams has not only a substantial advantage ($103,000 more in the bank), but also that he is very good at raising money.

By Williams' count, he has received contributions from nearly 600 separate donors, about three-quarters of them individuals in the district. He told me that an online appeal in late December was fabulously successful, a statement confirmed by the number of contributions in his report that list the online service ActBlue as an intermediary. That suggests that Santa Barbara has become a very good place for Democrats to raise money; those who got engaged in donating to campaigns during the 2008 presidential campaign and the no-holds-barred race for state Senate in the area may be ready to make a habit of it.

Jordan's numbers were not so good. She reached the $100,000 mark during the last half with the help of a $3,400 transfer on Dec. 28 from the campaign account of her husband, Assemblyman Pedro Nava.

Still, it's enough to be competitive. The guess here is that both candidates will have to spend all or nearly all of what they have by the June primary.

That's good news for Republican candidate Mike Stoker, who has $98,000 in the bank and will be able to hold on to nearly all of it through June. That will give him a big jump on the general election, as the winning Democrat will have to start raising money all over again.

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Members of the California Association of Political Centrists are currently rating the Republican candidates and the Democratic candidates for the 35th Assembly District. They are also rating the two candidates for sheriff. Results will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for a final determination for each candidate. We are pleased to announce that we had 100% participation from the candidates.

It has come to CAPC attention that the Ventura County Republican Central Committee has a very incomplete list of candidates on the website. As a new service, CAPC will list both Republican and Democratic candidates on its website, www.PoliticalCentrists.com. The list is a work in progress so please send corrections to KatieTeague@verizon.net.

Timm, let's be clear. By anyone's account, the $224,000 Susan raised as a first-time candidate was very respectable. And it's a grassroots effort with almost half of her donors contributing $100 or less.

Let me make some predictions. The final CAPC ratings will be as follows:

* Daniel Goldberg as the Republican candidate for the 35th
Assembly District seat.

* Susan Jordan as the Democratic candidate for the 35th Assembly
District seat.

* Geoff Dean for Ventura County Sheriff.

These are in line with Katie's personal preferences for these races and, therefore, will represent the CAPC official position as well.

And she accuses Mike Osborn of stacking the deck?

I just cut and pasted my response from the Ingemusings blog. I have no idea what the results will be for the 35th Assembly District or the Sheriff's race.


Katie Vents Again AKA Mike - These ratings are right off the CAPC website. They represent the ratings of the CAPC members. The Executive Board gets the breakdown and does a final determination. As they will do with the current ratings for 35th Assembly Primaries and Sheriff's race. And will do so with the Supervisor Race and Tax Collector race.

Some candidates shoot themselves in the foot by not participating in the process and getting an automatic "unsatisfactory". The paper even wrote some articles and op-eds on it. This go around there was 100% participation. CAPC members are currently rating the responses.

I would very much like the CAPC ratings to suggest me as the candidate of their choice.

Daniel, feel free to send in photos, candidate statements, your facebook link, and it will be posted on the CAPC website.

See what I mean? Katie's already decided who CAPC should support in the AD-35 race. The Board has no choice but to follow her lead now.

Vents - you are so wrong! Who I support versus how CAPC rates are two different things. Like I said earlier, a failure to participate results in an automatic "unfavorable" - both Stricklands, Chris Valenzano, etc failed to participate. This go around we had 100% participation. The questionnaires are being review now.

Allright then, Katie. I'm going to hold you to this. Let's see how the ratings from the CAPC members differ from your own after the process has been completed. My money says they will be identical.

The argument goes this Obama wants to get in touch with a demographic that wouldn’t in most cases vote in midterm elections unless the candidates performed screeching, off-key addresses of Whitney Houston tracks. Wasn’t it just this morning that the media seemed to be slamming Obama for “demeaning” the office on the President of the nation by appearing on your Daily Show? I can’t wait for you to hear what the pearl-clutchers in the media have to say relating to this latest GOTV effort with the President.

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