UPDATED AT 5:15 P.M. TO REFLECT NEW LATE INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE REPORT
Two independent groups over the weekend doubled down on their spending in attempts to influence political races in Ventura County, and a third weighed in for the first time today..
Federal Elections Commission reports show that the Democratic House Majority PAC purchased an additional $141,285 in television advertising supporting Assemblywoman Julia Brownley in the 26th Congressional District, and spent another $22,000 on a mailer opposing independent candidate Supervisor Linda Parks. Those two expenditures bring the Washington, D.C.-based super PAC's spending in the race so far to $341,373.
In reports filed with the California secretary of state, a business group that uses the name "California Senior Advocates League" disclosed a second mailer sent to voters in the west county's 19th state Senate District race. The $21,614 mail piece opposes Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson; an earlier piece supported her Democratic opponent, Jason Hodge. The new mailer brings that group's spending in the race to about $44,000.
Finally, in a disclosure filed this afternoon, the California Professional Firefighters Association IE PAC reported a $17,300 mailer supporting Hodge, a county firefighter who has the backing of firefighter unions around the state.