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State watchdog agency investigates $790,540 donated to Yes on Measure DD campaign

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate whether the No on Measure U1, Yes on Measure DD gropu violated campaign disclosure laws. The group has spent $790K fighting a huge jump in the business tax on rentals. The group prefers a more modest increase.  Photo: Kelly Owen The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate whether […]

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In Berkeley mayoral race, Arreguín accelerates fundraising, Capitelli maintains monetary lead

Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín are the two top contenders to replace Mayor Tom Bates. Photo: Emilie Raguso See update below. Berkeley mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguín raised almost three times as much money in the last month as his fiercest rival, Laurie Capitelli. Arreguín raised $33,434 from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22. In that same period, […]

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Public campaign finance advocates find ‘outsized role’ of money in past Berkeley elections

Old City Hall, where the Berkeley City Council meets. Photo: Melati Citrawireja A new analysis of campaign finances from past Berkeley elections has found that more than half the contributions to sitting council members came from less than 1% of Berkeley households, and that one-third of the contributions came from outside the city. The analysis was undertaken by […]

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As election nears, contributions and complaints mount

SEIU Local 1021 has donated $24,000 this election cycle to help candidates it supports. Its funds went into an independent expenditure committee that paid for this website An independent expenditure group backed by one of Berkeley’s largest unions has poured $8,112 into Jesse Arreguín’s mayoral campaign, spending the funds on a website and literature that […]

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12 Berkeley measures will determine city’s infrastructure, education budget, campaign financing and more

Berkeley students carry Yes on E1 signs during the Solano Stroll. Photo: Yes on E1 campaign As a presidential campaign colored by controversy inches ever closer, local races and campaigns struggle to be heard amid the cacophony. But Berkeley’s ballot is packed with measures that will determine the near-future of the city’s infrastructure, affordable housing […]

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Real-estate interests spend $92K to help elect candidates

The PAC for the National Association of Realtors has spent more than $60K on mailers supporting City Councilman Laurie Capitelli’s mayoral campaign. That leaves City Councilman Jesse Arreguín’s mayoral campaign at a severe monetary disadvantage. Photos: Mark Coplan The PAC for the National Association of Realtors has spent more than $60K on mailers supporting City Councilman […]

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With 28 days to the election, fundraising gap between mayoral candidates widens

Five of the eight people running for Berkeley mayor wait before the start of the CENA/Bateman Neighborhood Association Forum. From left to right: Jesse Arreguín, Ben Gould, Kriss Worthington, Laurie Capitelli and Mike Lee. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel See update at bottom. With 28 days until the Nov. 8 election, Berkeley mayoral candidate, and city councilman, […]

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The mayor’s race is off and running: Where do campaign coffers stand?

Laurie Capitelli talks to prospective voters at a house party in July. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel In the last six months, mayoral candidate Laurie Capitelli has raised $67,135 in donations, according to recently filed campaign finance statements. That’s almost 35% more than one of his strongest rivals and fellow city council member, Jesse Arreguín, who raised […]

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They’re off: Candidates file campaign finance statements

Laurie Capitelli. Photo: courtesy Laurie Capitelli The Berkeley political jostling has begun, even though elections will, of course, only be held in November. City Councilman Jesse Arreguín has raised close to $25,000 for his race for mayor, almost four times as much as City Councilman Laurie Capitelli, his strongest opponent. Capitelli, who has been endorsed by […]