Disclosure filings show big donations in last days
by PI Staff
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Patterson City Council candidates discuss their views at a candidates' forum on Monday, Oct. 1, at City Hall.--Photo by Lisa James
Patterson City Council candidates discuss their views at a candidates' forum on Monday, Oct. 1, at City Hall.--Photo by Lisa James
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Sheree Lustgarten
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Annette Smith
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Tony Camacho
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Patterson City Council candidates received several big donations between Oct. 1 and 20, the last filing period before the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election, according to campaign disclosure forms released this week.

The deadline to file disclosure forms was Thursday, Oct. 25.

Council candidate Sheree Lustgarten raised the most money among local candidates during the last month before the election. She received $2,499 in contributions, including $1,000 from the Teamsters Public Affairs Council; $500 from the Stanislaus County Democratic Club; and $250 from Take Back Red California, which describes itself on its website as an activist partnership of political action committees that connects northern California Democrats in urban counties with northern California Democratic activists working in rural counties on a local level.

Lustgarten raised more than $3,600 in campaign donations for the year.

Councilwoman Annette Smith reported $1,665 in contributions, including $500 from Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim DeMartini and $500 from former Patterson Mayor Becky Campo. Campaign disclosure statements indicate that she did not raise any other money this year.

Councilman Dominic Farinha raised $1,550 during the first three weeks of October, including a $1,000 donation from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee and $500 from the Northern California Carpenters’ Regional Council.

Council candidate Carlos Fierros raised $1,500 in the last reporting period, including a $500 donation from GROW Elect, a political action committee based in Sacramento that recruits, endorses, trains and funds Latino Republican candidates for public office. He also reported a $1,000 nonmonetary contribution from his sister Patricia Fierros.

Council candidate Dennis McCord raised $1,079 in October, including a $500 contribution from local developer and property owner John Ramos and $200 from local businessman Elwood Schut. He has raised $2,176 throughout his campaign.

Mayor Luis Molina showed fundraising activity of $1,045 in October, including a $500 donation from Sacramento-based Waste Management Inc.

Council candidate Antonio Camacho, who had raised more than $5,000 before October, received $176 in contributions from four individuals in the first three weeks of October, bringing his total for the year to more than $5,200.

Mayoral candidate Troy McComak had not filed campaign disclosure forms with the city of Patterson by the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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