A group calling itself the "California Senior Advocates League PAC" has made its presence felt in the 35th Assembly District campaign, reporting over the weekend that it had spent $67,000 on two mailers attacking Democrat Das Williams , running in the coastal Ventura-Santa Barbara counties district against Republican Mike Stoker.
Never heard of them? Well, the group exists only at election time. Who are they? The money comes from three sources which combined to contribute $121,500 on Friday to the deceptively named group. Those sources are: The California Chamber of Commerce PAC ($50,000), the California Republican Party ($50,000) and the San Diego County Republican Party ($21,500.)
The leading contributors to the Chamber of Commerce PAC are oil and insurance companies. It is not at all clear what specific interest these big-spenders have in advocating for seniors.
Given the specific timing of the contributions and the first two mailings attacking Williams, it's probably a good bet that there is at least one more on the way.
The state Democratic Party has contributed $39,000 directly to the Williams campaign. So, if you're keeping score, the Republican big wheels in Sacramento have now spent more on this race than their Democratic counterparts.