You are welcome Humboldt. Here are Supervisor Bass’ and Supervisor Sundberg’s end of year 460.
What the heck is a 460?
A 460 is a form California’s FPPC requires campaigns, political organizations, etc to file periodically. When candidates are required to file can be found here. Most likely the only time Ryan and Virginia will have to report before the June election will be Mar 17th and May 17nd. Any spending after May 17th will not have to be declared until after the election. (I think this is a huge loophole in the regs)
A candidate has to file a 460 if they accumulate more than $1,000. Any single contributor that has donated a total of $100 during a calendar year will have to be itemized on these forms. In addition, any candidate that receives $1,000 or more from a single contributor will have to file a from 497 within 24 hrs. It’s really amazingly simple if you take some time to wrap your head around it.
Also, remember, these are State regs and are much more inclusive and telling than federal regulations with their gaping loopholes thanks to the 5 Men In Black (robes). These forms will tell a pretty good and true narrative of who is supporting who and how a campaign decides to spend its money. It’s not the whole story as there are still PAC’s out there (and Republicans and conservatives will warn you about the unions), but I wonder if even these unless extremely slippery like Sunshine for Humboldt will have to file 460’s. Honestly, I’ll be learning with you on this over time.
So, without further delay… here are the 460’s …yeeey!
Here are some highlights…
Supervisor Ryan Sundberg:
Ending Balance 2013 … Started 2013 with $22K, made over $32K in contributions (see below), spent about $10K and is left with $ 41,900 as of Jan 1, 2014.
D&R Miller Family LLC, Eureka Readymix, Harper Motors, Humboldt Builders Exchange !, Hooven and Co. Inc., Humboldt Sanitation ($1,700), Jim Furtado (full disclosure, Liberal Mom loves her JLF home. Ugh!) (with in-kind donation, over $3,000), Kramer Investment Corporation, Lee and Cathy Ulansey!, Robert and Debra McBeth, Russ Cattle Co., S and W Properties LLC, Shaw and Petersen Insurance Inc.,
Moser Properties,Tom’s Trash, Trinity County Consulting Engineers ,
Don Tuttle (Democrat of the Year, 2013) – $200, Dennis Mayo ($100), Supervisor Fennell (duh), Fred Sundquist (City Ambulance Owner and HumCPR Board Member) – ($500), former HCDCC Member Mike Pigg, Pierson Company ($500), Frequent BOS Chambers guests: Monte and Debbie Provolt ($100), Ben Shepherd (In Kind – $300), and Bill Bertain ($200).
Supervisor Virginia Bass:
Virginia filed a 460 beginning 7/1. This means she received at least $1,000 in contributions sometime earlier in the year which you can find on previous 460’s on file at Humboldt County Elections. (If you go say “hi” to the wonderful staff there for me.)
In this period Supervisor Bass came into the period with $22K, received $39K in contributions, spent $1K, so is left with $59,000 to pummel any and all upstarts.
$1,500 Contributors: (contributors in green also contributed to Sundberg’s campaign)
D&R Miller Family ($1,750), Michael Dominick (Coastal Business systems), Eel River Transportation and Salvage Yard (“Thanks, V for any role you might have played in helping us to acquire the publically funded and quite awesome Arcata Recycling Center, you and your friends on the City Council are the best, really! We all know a private organization will work much better than the non-profit ACRC. Damn hippies anyway with their separation of recycling streams, etc.”), Eureka ReadyMix, Jim Furtado, Harper Motors, Humboldt Builder’s Exchange PAC, Hooven & Co. Inc., Humbodlt Deputy Sheriffs Organization ($2,500!!) Woah, where are our public employees getting that kind of money? Holy Cow!, Humboldt Recycling, Kramer Investments Corporation, Debra McBeth, Russ Cattle Company, S&W Properties, Shaw & Peterson Ins. Inc., Fred and Linda Sundquist, Kathy Ulansey (“Thanks V. for my husband’s awesome gig – he loves it and is doing a great job!”)
Jonathan Flyer Lilly J Ranch, Patrick Murphy,
$500, and “Ugh” Contributors:
Paul Barielles? ($100)? NOOOO! Not Sarah’s Father maybe? Say it ain’t so., Melinda Ciarabellini of course ($500), Linda Disiere ($200) (“Thank you for the Planning Commission gig! It’s awesome.”), Supervisor Fennell ($100 again, duh!), Christine House !? ($250 – a “Thom Hartman and Rachel Maddow Democrat” Chriiiistiiiine !!!! (camera pans up in a spiral motion as I shout her name to the sky) (Star Trek Wrath of Khan reference for the non-nerds), Humboldt Redwood Company LLC ($500), Chris Lehman?! ($150) (see Christine House reaction above), James Morrison ($500), Craig Perrone ($500), Pierson Company ($500), Rendezvous Music and Vending ($500), Richard Twiddy ($500).
Do you see a trend here? Can you start to see why regional planning is a non-starter with Supervisors Bass and Sundberg? Their constituents are not the voters, they are private industry. Appropriately Jim Furtado takes the prize for top donor on these 460’s. He more than anyone thrives on continued sprawl, the exact opposite type of development we need as a county, state, nation and globe, if we want to take the next step in sustainability. It’s going to be tough to make that argument when the public has that kind of money stacked up against them.
Remember, this is only the beginning we have 3 more 460’s to go for each campaign for the June election. Plenty of time for you, young up-and-coming developer, to start taking your shot at the big time. All it takes is a pen, a check and a well supplied bank account and you too can be a part of HumCo politics.