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Labor and Business Square Off in CA Special Senate Election

Sarang Shah | May 17, 2015

Voters in California’s 7th Senate District are set to cast ballots on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by former State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, who was elected to Congress in November. Democratic member of the Assembly, Susan Bonilla, and Steve Glazer, the current Democratic mayor of Orinda, are competing for the seat on the May 19 ballot after having achieved the top two vote totals in the March 17 primary election. The race has been characterized as a debate between business and labor, with Assemblywoman Bonilla on the side of labor and Mayor Glazer on the side of business. According to The Sacramento Bee, outside spending has approached almost $7 million in this special election race.

Data: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the candidate-controlled committees associated with candidates on California's State Senate District 7 special election May ballot from January 1, 2015 - May 13, 2015.

Candidate Total Amount Raised
Susan Bonilla $1,292,470
Steve Glazer $689,024
Grand Total $1,981,494
 
TOP 5 CONTRIBUTORS TO CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
 
The following MapLight analysis details the top five contributors to the committees controlled by each candidate from January 1, 2015 - May 13, 2015.



*Includes locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), California Professional Firefighters PAC, National Peace Officers & Fire Fighters Benefit Association Trust, and an employee of San Ramon Valley Fire Department.
Methodology:

MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the candidate-controlled committees associated with candidates on California's State Senate District 7 special election May ballot from Jan 1, 2015 - May 13, 2015. Top contributor figures are based on itemized records, aggregated by employer for individual donors and by affiliate organization for political action committees. Unitemized figures are based on summaries submitted by candidate-controlled committees in Form 460 reports. All numbers are based on latest data made available by the California Secretary of State as of May 14, 2015.

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