Lee is waging a competitive, well-funded campaign despite failing to win the backing of the teachers union. As a result, teachers are putting money down to support their endorsed candidates.
Construction unions and housing groups push campaign to pass Measure L over $300,000.
Donors have given over $130,000 to the campaign for Measure L, a $650 million infrastructure and housing bond, in recent weeks.
Shanoski and Mike Chang have benefitted from public matching funds, available for the first time to school board candidates this year. Money tied to the California teachers union is also influencing the race.
Who’s spending the most on the city’s elections? How does Berkeley’s public matching fund program work? And other campaign finance essentials.
How much have real estate groups poured into the election? How about firefighter unions? Which candidates is the actor Danny Glover backing?
Berkeleyans have donated over $5.4 million to the two presidential campaigns, 98.5% of which is to one candidate, and over half of which has come from two of the city’s zip codes.
By law, independent expenditure campaigns must act independently of the candidates they are backing. They can’t communicate or even coordinate with those running for office.
Critical information about who is paying for campaign materials is missing, the complaints state.
There is a full slate of five property owner-oriented candidates running for the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board — and real estate interests are backing them big time.
Those participating in the city’s public financing program can only get $50 from any donor, but Berkeley matches that six-to-one, or $300 per donor.
With public matching funds, Wayne Hsiung has almost as much to spend as the mayor.