In the most recent campaign finance filing period, from March 18 to May 19, the candidates for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors 5th District continued to rake in the cash.
Tracy City Councilman Bob Elliott collected $32,482 in cash during the period. Rhodesia Ransom, who sits on the Tracy Planning Commission, drew $29,559.12 in cash contributions in the same time frame. Tom Benigno, a local farmer, reported zero donations.
For the calendar year, Elliott has received $62,652 in cash, and Ransom has received $40,366.62. When accounting for money and services, however, the candidates’ totals are much closer, with Elliott reporting $73,783.69 and Ransom reporting $79,639.65.
Elliott and Ransom have collected money from different sources.
According to documents filed with the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters, Ransom received $12,750 in cash from various labor-affiliated political action committees during the March-through-May period.
She also got $1,250 from the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club and smaller donations from numerous individuals. Many contributions flowed through Democracy Engine LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based software platform that can be used by organizations and individuals to raise funds in support of candidates, goals and initiatives, according to its website.
Elliott’s largest reported cash contribution was a self-contribution of $5,800. He also received $4,000 from Karnail Sandhu of Sandhu Farms and other donations from developers, businesses and landowners in the area.
Elliott spent $38,015.11 cash during the period, including more than $10,300 paid to Curry Graphics Inc., more than $12,000 for Web services from Om-nicient Productions and $18,900 to a consulting outfit named Strategic Research.
Of Ransom’s $29,737.13 cash spending during the period, notable expenditures were $9,000 to Freeman Public Affairs Inc., $4,100 to Gregory Boehm of San Francisco for consulting, $3,600 to Stars & Stripes Printing Inc. and $3,500 to Stenhouse Strategies Inc. for consulting work.
Ransom’s spending total for the period jumped to $79,301.36 when nonmonetary donations to her campaign were accounted for. Elliott’s spending total including those types of donations was $42,687.52 for the same time.
Unlikely campaign company
Elliott also kept unlikely campaign company in a flier that arrived in some local mailboxes in the past few weeks.
Elliott, who is running for the nonpartisan position of county supervisor but has participated in at least one event for Republican candidates this year, is listed on a slate encouraging voters to mark their ballots for three Democrats, President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Assembly candidate Susan Eggman.
A note on the mailer indicates a fee was paid for Elliott to participate in the flier, which was sent out by an organization calling itself Coalition for Literacy.