In a campaign finance report filed last week, the Ventura County Republican Central Committee provides a glimpse into the financing of the blitz of campaign mail promoting Assemblywoman Audra Strickland's campaign for county supervisor that has been hitting Republican households in Thousand Oaks of late.
The report shows expenses of $133,000 on Strickland's behalf through May 8. The two biggest contributors that made these expenditures possible were the California Republican Party, which gave $100,000, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, whcih gave $25,000. It also shows various contributions from real estate development interests.
The Republican spending essentially leaves incumbent Linda Parks without a party to try to counteract this in any way. Parks is also a Republican. While many county Democrats individually support Parks, largely because of her record on conservation and environmental issues, the party itself is prohibited by its bylaws from publicly supporting a Republican.