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Friday, October 17, 2014

Over Last Two Weeks, Special Interests Dropped $600,000 on Tim Sbranti

Although the amount of outside expenditures is nowhere near the record-spending during the June primary, over $800,000 has been spent in support or opposition of each candidate.
ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | In just the last two weeks this October, an independent expenditure committee in support of Democrat Tim Sbranti has spent $600,000 in special interest cash in hopes of winning the battleground 16th Assembly District.

On Wednesday, the IE in support of Sbranti, reported spending another $50,000 in expenditures. Last week, the same IE sponsored by the California Teacher Association and California State Council of Service Employees; Californians for Economic Prosperity, reported spending $400,000 to help Sbranti’s campaign against Republican upstart Catharine Baker.

During the same period, Sbranti's own campaign coffers have also been fortified. Although, Sbranti reported $197,671 in cash through Sept. 30, the campaign has received $521,724 in contributions since the beginning of this month. The windfall is led by various Democratic Central Committees as the party goes full-throttle to keep this seat blue.

In the last week, central committees in Sacramento County ($80,000), Santa Clara County ($65,000) and Marin County ($45,000) have made sizable donations to SbrNti's campaign. By contrast, Baker reported $147,625 during the most recent reporting period. This month, her campaign has received just $35,923.

The outlay, though, is nowhere near the spending spree seen during the June primary, but significant, nonetheless. In the spring, nearly $3 million alone was spent on Sbranti and moderate Democrat Steve Glazer. Two simple factors attracted the unfettered amount of campaign dollars: the future of the Democratic Party’s supermajority in the lower house is at stake because this suburban district is a winnable seat for Republicans.

Baker, a first-time candidate who won the four-candidate June primary by seven points over Sbranti, has also benefited from IEs. A committee funded by conservative groups, including Charles Munger, Jr., named Spirit of Democracy has reported spending $270,000 in favor of Baker and in opposition of Sbranti since the beginning of October, according to finance records.

Because of the district’s moderate political environment, state Republicans believe it can potentially pick off a seat from the Democratic majority in the Assembly. On Wednesday, Glazer injected himself back into the race in a Facebook post clearly supporting Baker.

Glazer’s comments came in the form of a questionnaire he purported to have offered both candidates. During the primary, one of Glazer’s main attack points against the labor-endorsed Sbranti was that he would not publicly disclose the union questionnaires he had penned. According to Glazer, Sbranti “refused to answer” his queries

39 comments :

We'll take CLEAN CATHARINE BAKER 2014!

Down with union whore Branti!

You would rather have a corporate shill... .

The amount of independent expenditures on behalf of Sbranti should be pause to consider a vote for Baker. Unions should not rule the district.

Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan and Eric Swalwell have all endorsed Tim Sbranti because he is the moderate, and the most qualified. Nuf said.

Jerry Brown has endorsed losers like De La Fuente, Perata and others. His folks go down to defeat.

Tim Shitbranti is NO moderate; he's a radical union whore and completely unqualified. Clean Catharine Baker 2014 will win the election. More than 'nuff' said, ho.

They should be able to run on their record/experience. Why all the outside expenditures? That makes me think Catharine Baker is better able to represent We the People. . .

I always thought Jerry Brown, since he matured, is the most sensible politician in California. His endorsement of Tim Sbranti means a lot to me, and has caused me to change my mind. I will now vote for Sbranti not Baker. I'm a declined to state independent voter.

Joan Buchanan and Eric Swalwell are stooges, just like Sbranti.

Say no to public union lapdogs.

The support of the ultra right-wing Charles Munger Jr. shows that Baker has tar and feathered herself and is not clean. He's a supporter of extreme Conservative candidates and GOP very conservative causes. He also is the chair of the so called "Spirit of Democracy" which spent 3.87 million dollars on right-wing candidates and causes through the last election. The "Spirit of Democracy" spent hundreds of thousands on a 16 page glossy mailer attacking Tim Sbranti and was aimed at boosting Baker in this election. You are the company you keep, and Baker appearing at Tea Party rallies shows that Tim Sbranti is the moderate, now supported by our moderate Governor Jerry Brown, and will be the winner in November. We will not stand for an extremist like Baker to be elected to the Assembly in our District.

11:46-------------what a LIAR you are! No one by that name ever volunteered for Tim. This is a Tea Party Tactic and shows how LOW Baker's supporters will stoop. What an idiot you are also!

9:58 and 10:16 (same person) What a liar! Don't you think we know you are the only Baker supporter who is posting. This type of Tea Party extremism and falsehoods will help the more moderate Tim Sbranti win the race. Nobody ever worked for Tim by that name, and since you live in Hayward, you can't even vote in this District.

I agree. I live in a conservative area and am absolutely surprised by how many of my friends and neighbors are now going to support Mr Sbranti because of Governor Brown's support. I had already voted for Tim because of our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan's endorsement but thought the race would be close. I think he now wins for sure.

Brown's endorsement made me change my vote to Sbranti too.

My husband and I really want to thank Blanca Nunes, the young woman who had been volunteering for the Sbranti campaign and went public about how that campaign had been sabotaging itself on the Internet and then blaming the Baker people. This was simply outrageous.

As independents, we have already cast our ballots for Ms. Baker and encourage others to do so, too. Too many slick and deceitful politicians already in Sacramento.

Thank you again, Blanca, for telling the truth.

Mrs. Evelyn B. Kesterson
Pleasanton, CA

Why you all gotta be hatin' on Blanca!

Leave that poor mexican girl alone, she told the truth.

8:42 and 8:58 (same person) What a liar! Don't you think we know you are the only Baker supporter who is posting. This type of Tea Party extremism and falsehoods will help the more moderate Tim Sbranti win the race. Nobody ever worked for Tim by that name, and since you live in Hayward, you can't even vote in this District. How low will Baker's supporters go?

Thank you Ms. Nunes for demonstrating your independence from the corrupt campaign for which you previously volunteered.

Our family will be voting for a strong woman candidate who believes in both ethics and the law. We just cast our votes for Catharine Baker.

11:24-------------what a LIAR you are! No one by that name ever volunteered for Tim. This is a Tea Party Tactic and shows how LOW Baker's supporters will stoop. What an idiot you are also!

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

Since we know you live in Hayward and can't vote in this race, we already know you are a liar. No one by that name ever worked for Tim. Baker is not a moderate and we know you are not a Democrat.

Jerry Brown is now supporting Tim Sbranti. Our Governor gave a boost to Libby Schaff and now has given a boost to Tim. All the moderates seem to be supporting Sbranti including Eric Swalwell, who is a business Democrat, and our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who is very popular in this Assembly District.

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

Baker is not clean. She has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest crooks that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent millions of dollars on her campaign.

Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, our current Congressman Eric Swalwell, and now Jerry Brown our Governor. Tim is the moderate not your candidate, and that's why Tim has all the moderate support.

I checked it out at timsbranti.com

Amen 2:41, that's why I voted for Sbranti. That, and Jerry Brown's endorsement. Jerry paddles a little to the left and a little to the right to keep the canoe going down the middle of the stream. Good enough for me.

Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan and Eric Swalwell have all endorsed Tim Sbranti because he is the moderate, and the most qualified. It's over and Baker's people know it.

So tired of the union-whore Branti propaganda. Moderate voters are much smarter than you sluts.

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

Remember Whorbett?

Bitch Branti will have the gutter in common with her next Tues. night!

Baker is not clean. She has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest crooks that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent millions of dollars on her campaign.

Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, our current Congressman Eric Swalwell, and now Jerry Brown our Governor. Tim is the moderate not your candidate, and that's why Tim has all the moderate support.

Anon 6:06 and 6:07 (same person).....Since we know you live in Hayward and can't vote in this race, we already know you are a liar. No one by that name ever worked for Tim. Baker is not a moderate and we know you are not a Democrat.

Jerry Brown is now supporting Tim Sbranti. Our Governor gave a boost to Libby Schaff and now has given a boost to Tim. All the moderates seem to be supporting Sbranti including Eric Swalwell, who is a business Democrat, and our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who is very popular in this Assembly District.

So tired of the union-whore Branti propaganda. Moderate voters are much smarter than you sluts.

I have now been convinced that the Branti campaign is corrupt and rotten to the core as evidenced by the disparaging vitriol spewed by his allies. This along with the vilification of the volunteer who dared to tell the truth about how she was told to write scurrilous statements about Branti and then blame Baker, has convinced me to vote for the only moderate in this election. It is times like this that I am ashamed to be a Democrat.

As far as we are concerned there is NO Democrat in this election, only a lying, crooked union boss and moderate Catharine Baker.

I agree with 1:02 and voted by absentee for Tim Sbranti because he has the support of moderates like Brown, Buchanan and Swalwell. My son and daughter did also, and we are all registered declined-to state voters.

See the Oct. 30th Citizen's article about Baker's support from the ultra right wing and their wing man Munger.

The support of the ultra right wing Charles Munger Jr. shows that Baker has dirtied herself and is not clean. He's a supporter of extreme Conservative candidates and GOP very conservative causes. He also is the chair of the so called "Spirit of Democracy" which spent 3.87 million dollars on right-wing candidates and causes through the last election. The "Spirit of Democracy" spent hundreds of thousands on a 16 page glossy mailer attacking Tim Sbranti and was aimed at boosting Baker in this election. You are the company you keep, and Baker appearing at Tea Party rallies shows that Tim Sbranti is the moderate, now supported by our moderate Governor Jerry Brown, and will be the winner in November. We will not stand for an extremist like Baker to be elected to the Assembly in our District.

Some might call Munger's group the "Spirit of Dishonesty" and this will surely backfire on Baker and help elect the moderate Tim Sbranti.

Baker is not a moderate. She has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest Tea Party crooks like Charles Munger Jr. that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent millions of dollars on her campaign.

Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, our current Congressman Eric Swalwell, and now Jerry Brown our Governor. Tim is the moderate not your candidate, and that's why Tim has all the moderate support as others have mentioned.

11:21--------what a LIAR you are. This is a Tea Party tactic and shows how LOW Baker's supporters will stoop. What an idiot you are also!

p.s. We know you are the Baker troll from Hayward

Boy, the poster above is really a freak who is coming unglued. If all you Branti people are as conspiratorial-minded and pulling your wild fantasies out of the blue, it's no wonder that crazy guy Branti is going down to defeat.

Chill, crazy one!

The last two posts at 12:14 and 12:16 were by the Baker troll again. There was never anyone by that name in Tim's class and the Hayward resident knows it. Just more lies by the tea party because they are panicking as it looks more and more that the Extreme Baker will lose. Jerry Brown's support for Tim Sbranti has helped immensely.

Tim has gotten awards for his teaching and as a teacher knows he has to present both sides. It just another desperate attempt and shows how the ultra conservatives would govern with falsehoods. It's almost funny how they keep throwing smear attacks out and expect them to work. lol

I live in a conservative area and am absolutely surprised by how many of my friends and neighbors are now going to support Mr Sbranti because of Governor Brown's support. I had already voted for Tim because of our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan's endorsement but thought the race would be close. I think he now wins for sure.

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