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2 Sacramento County DA candidates far ahead in fundraising

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 12:00 am

The most recent campaign finance reports in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race show the top two candidates pulling away from the third and apparently headed for what will be a competitive run in the primary.

According to the reporting period that ended Dec. 31, Anne Marie Schubert, a deputy district attorney endorsed by the outgoing head of the office, raised $118,370 in the last six months of last year to give her a total of $262,307 for the campaign, of which she has $171,369 left.

Maggy Krell, a deputy attorney general with big labor and Democratic backing in the nonpartisan race, counted $116,644 for the six months and $202,145 for the year and actually has a few dollars more on hand than Schubert, with $174,882.

Todd Leras, a former deputy DA and federal prosecutor, started late and finished with $23,945, only about $800 of which he has spent.

With the primary scheduled for June 3, Sacramento-based Republican political consultant Wayne Johnson said the results tell him the campaign is shaping up like a real competition, which Sacramento County hasn’t seen in a DA’s race in the 20 years since District Attorney Jan Scully defeated incumbent Steve White for the job in 1994.

“You’ve got two candidates who are headed toward the starting gate,” said Johnson. “They both look like they’re ready to run the race, and they’ve both got qualified, competent management, and they’re raising some money.”

Schubert, the former supervisor of the DA’s sexual assault and child abuse unit who has since transferred to homicide, is still getting strong support from lawyers inside the office as well as local defense lawyers and law enforcement unions.

Defense lawyer Russell Miller gave her another $400 to up his total to $3,575. Steve Grippi, since promoted to chief deputy district attorney, has contributed $1,000. The Sacramento police union contributed $5,000, tied with the Police Officers Research Organization of California and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association for the largest sums of the reporting period for Schubert. The Placer County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association gave $1,500 and the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association $1,000.

Developer Angelo Tsakopoulos added $1,000 to the Schubert campaign. Civil attorney Robert Buccola’s $1,100 upped his total to $2,080. Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig contributed another $100, and his No. 2, Jonathan Raven, added $100. Michael Bowman, a top defense lawyer since appointed to a Superior Court judge slot by Gov. Jerry Brown, contributed $1,000 to make his total $2,250.

“I am thrilled about all the support I have in the community, the overwhelming support of law enforcement, and businesses and the private citizens of this community, and I continue to raise money and I’m looking forward to meeting the goals I’ve set for myself and winning this in June,” Schubert said Wednesday.

Krell, whose focus in the state AG’s office recently has been on human trafficking, according to her campaign, solicited labor unions for some of her biggest contributions. The Sacramento County Probation Association contributed $2,500 to increase its contribution to $6,000. Other big union contributions came from the Plumbers and Pipefitters ($5,000 for the period, $5,500 for the campaign); the Washington, D.C., office of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ($2,000); the Union of American Physicians and Dentists ($2,000); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 340 ($1,500 for the period, $2,500 for the campaign); and the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council ($1,000).

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, gave Krell $2,000 from one of his campaign committees, while the Stonewall Democratic Club contributed $1,500.

Lobbyist Darius Anderson tied for the top of Krell’s contribution list with $5,000, matching money from his wife, Sarah Anderson, the California Real Estaste PAC and Martin A. Harmon and the Auburn Manor Holding Corp. Mark Friedman made it a wash in big-time developer money in the race by giving $1,000 to Krell to match Tsakopoulos’ contribution to Schubert. Former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo gave Krell $100.

“I am grateful to have the support of so many individuals who believe in this campaign,” Krell said in a written statement. “The next Sacramento DA needs to have the experience to prosecute those who break the law and the vision to break the cycle of violence that is plaguing our communities. I look forward to a substantive, thoughtful debate about the candidates’ respective vision for the DA’s office and the future of our community.”

More than a fourth of Leras’ money came from himself ($1,000), and from his family’s Sonoma County vineyard ($5,000). The overwhelming majority of the rest of his cash originated with private attorneys, including Jan Karowsky ($1,000), John Duree ($1,000), Alin Cintean ($1,000), Scott Tedmon ($1,000), Don Masuda ($500), Hayes Gable III ($500) and John Casey III ($500).

Leras, who is now in private practice, didn’t announce he was running until early November. He said he’s happy with his abbreviated fundraising effort that lasted less than two months.

“Part of the effort I had to make was just getting my name known that I was out there,” Leras said. “I ended up having one fundraiser right during the holiday season and I was really pleased with how it went and how things have been going since.”


Call The Bee’s Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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