The State Worker

SEIU Local 1000 spends big to support CalPERS board candidate

California’s largest state employee union is spending $180,000 on radio and online ads to support CalPERS board candidate Theresa Taylor, according to a state filing Thursday. The Franchise Tax Board employee is one of three candidates running for the state member seat on the 13-member board.

The independent expenditure by SEIU Local 1000 comes two days after the union contributed $200,000 to the committee created last week to support Taylor’s candidacy. The spending dwarfs her opponents’ backing.

The campaign of David Miller, an environmental scientist at the Department of Toxic Substances Control, recently received $4,100 from the Retired Public Employees Association, but has no other reported funding and no independent committee support.

Iqbal S. Badwalz, a Department of Education consultant also vying for the state member seat, has no reported campaign cash and no reported committee support.

Taylor’s candidate-controlled campaign, meanwhile, received $45,281 in contributions for the first six months of this year and reported $38,819 in the bank as of June 30.