CAMPAIGN FINANCE | STATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 Mary Hayashi still holds a 4-to-1 money advantage over Assembly Bob Wieckowski in the five-person State Senate 10th District race. Hayashi reported a cash balance of $690,733, as of Mar. 17, according to finance reports. Of her $73,000 in expenditures since Jan. 1, nearly $27,000 was used on polling since Feb. 4. Incidentally, Wieckowski spent $7,500 on polling on Jan. 13 with Juan De Leon Research, Inc., the same firm used a month later by Hayashi’s campaign. While Hayashi and Wieckowski continued to do well with labor and special interests group, Republican Peter Kuo continues his surprising fundraising strength with $121,597 in contributions this year. Most of the donations flowed from Chinese American groups upset with an attempt by the Legislature to roll back Proposition 209. Since the Assembly shelved SCA-5 two weeks ago, keep an eye on whether Kuo can continue fundraising at his past clip.
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ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS 18, 20 Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk, both facing their re-election campaigns this year, continue to raise large amounts of money while their opponents scratch for cash. Bonta, who represents Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro in the Assembly, has raised $130,215 this year, according to finance reports. With over two months before the June primary, Bonta has $332,793, as of Mar. 17. Republican David Erlich did not file a campaign finance report. It’s a similar case in the nearby 20th Assembly District. Quirk raised $75,865 since the beginning of the year and reports $171,800 in cash on hand. Meanwhile, Republican challenger Jaime Patino and Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso, now independent, did not report any contributions this year.
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