October 31, 2014 —The race for Assembly District 6 features a strong contrast in candidates, with veteran incumbent Beth Gaines facing newcomer Brian Caples. The Republican candidate, Gaines, has served in the State Assembly since 2011. She won a special election to fill the vacancy left by her husband, Ted Gaines, who resigned from the seat after winning a special election to the State Senate. A self-proclaimed advocate of small businesses, Assemblywoman Gaines’ campaign has received funding from several corporate behemoths. Some of her top campaign contributors include Altria, the parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris USA ($8,200), San Diego based energy company Sempra Energy ($6,250), and information technology company Hewlett-Packard ($6,000).
Her opponent, Democratic candidate Brian Caples, is the co-founder of the nonprofit “Fix CA Water”. His campaign website describes him as a conservative Democrat tired of the “pay to play political system.” Caples received only 35.7% of the vote in the two-candidate primary, and his campaign has not reported any campaign contributions to date.
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Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the primary controlled committees associated with candidates on California's November ballot from January 1, 2013 - September 3, 2014. Top contributor figures are based on itemized records, aggregated by employer for individual donors and by affiliate organization for political action committees. Total raised figures are based on summaries submitted by candidate committees in Form 460 reports. All numbers are based on latest data made available by the California Secretary of State as of September 3, 2014.