ramp up election spending
Independent expenditures in California have more than doubled in the past week, with spending by dentists, teachers and dozens of other groups exceeding $11.4 million through May 13.
Almost half of the increase reflects a $2.7 million infusion into the race for state superintendent of public instruction by the California Teachers Association. With three weeks until the June 3 primary, a CTA committee supporting incumbent Tom Torlakson reported spending $1.36 million on radio ads to support Torlakson and $1.36 million on ads opposing his main rival, Marshall Tuck.
The largest state worker union, SEIU Local 1000, reported spending $50,000 on radio ads to help former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez in the controller’s race.
The fight in the Sacramento-area 6th Senate District exceeds $479,000 in independent spending. All of the money is either in support of Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, or opposing his Democratic rival, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento. Independent spending on Pan’s behalf is coming mostly from unions and a group that includes doctors, dentists and Realtors.
– Jim Miller
“Our party must champion policies and principles that make opportunity and the American Dream more accessible for all.”
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, former secretary of state, endorsing Republican Neel Kashkari for governor.