Two years ago, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi was criticized for transferring $30,000 from her own campaign to get her husband, Dennis Hayashi, elected Alameda County Superior Court judge. Of course, that's a mere pittance this time around when the new price of political love between hovers somewhere between $1-$2 million (See Bill and Nadia Lockyer).
With a week until the election, Hayashi steered $4,000 to the campaign of Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak today, according to late filings with the San Leandro city clerk. The source of the contribution comes from Southern California-based Economic Development Alliance. In the past the organization has mainly donated money to the various campaigns of Dennis Hayashi. In addition, Starosciak always reaped $1,000 from an Oakland contractor last Friday, according to the city clerk.
Hayashi is by far Starosciak's most powerful ally and the contribution had been expected for months by observers in tandem with the lingering rumor the candidate has eyes on the assembly seat in 2012. The rumor, denied many times by Starosciak has always been bolstered by the belief she would have been the front runner to replace Santos in 2014, if she had skipped running this year.
Hayashi is up for re-election next week against Republican nominee and student Michael Havig.