Richard Bloom Grows His Campaign Contributions in Race for 50th Assembly

Meanwhile, contributions toward opponent Betsy Butler's election campaign draw closer to $1 million.

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom's fundraising efforts picked up steam this summer in the race for the 50th Assembly District.

In the most recent three-month reporting period between July 1 and Sept. 30, Bloom raised $175,166—almost half of the $392,649 that has been contributed to his campaign since the beginning of the year.

By a wide margin, he is still out-funded by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, who is inching closer to mounting a campaign chest of $1 million. She collected $289,736 this quarter for a total of $901,690 since January. 

Related: Butler Trounces Bloom in Campaign Spending

One of the mayor's top contributors was NMS Properties, Inc., an apartment developer behind a controversial new Political Action Committee that's funneling money into Santa Monica's City Council race. 

The Democratic State Central Committee of California was Butler's biggest contributor this year, dropping a total of $89,884 in contributions on the campaign since May. During the latest reporting period, the committee gave Butler $9,484.  

The endorsement from the state party ruffled feathers during the June primary campaign. At the time, supporters of then-opponent Torie Osborn—who ended up with the fewest votes June 5—said Assembly Speaker John Perez, who is a Butler supporter, made sure his pick got the victory.

Other major contributors that made recent contributions to Butler's campaign include:

  • American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees
    California People Small Contributor Committee
    Contributed $7,800 on Aug. 1
  • California Real Estate Political Action Committee
    Contributed $7,800 on Sept. 25
  • California State Council of Laborers Political Action Committee
    Contributed $7,800 on Sept. 28
  • California Dental Political Action Committee
    Contributed $7,800 on July 31
  • California Teachers Association / Assoc. For Better Citizenship (CTA/ABC)
    Contributed $7,800 on Sept. 17

Top contributors to Bloom's campaign include:

  • NMS Properties, inc.
    Contributed $5,000 on June 14
  • Democracy Engine
    Contributed $4,400 on Aug. 8
  • Aileen Getty
    Contributed $3,900 on Aug. 20
  • Arch Kirkwood
    Contributed $3,900 on Aug. 1
  • Beachbody
    Contributed $3,900 on Sept. 29
  • Californians Allied For Patient Protection Political Action Committee
    Contributed $3,900 on Sept. 12

Related Articles:

  • State Dems Back Butler for 50th Assembly Seat
  • Candidates Accused of Stacking Endorsements
Pamela Conley Ulich October 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Why oh why is over $1million being wasted on yet another political campaign? Should we be alarmed yet? This public servant job pays about $92,000/year. What is the return on the investment for the entities contributing to the campaigns? Maybe the candidates can agree to give the $1.4 million to the schools and/or other causes near and dear to their hearts and job share!
Dan Charney October 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I will take anyone over Bloom- who has spearheaded in his 13 years- the developer destruction of Santa Monica- no matter how he tries to spin it- way too friendly with all of them - and look at the horrible changes in this once great city since he took office. Don't let him go on to destroy on a larger scale.
Dan Charney October 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Or how about to low income seniors who have no one to help them- for housing ( Section 8 was cut ), for meals and in- home help- how about the money where it's really needed- not to these ego to destroy out city more
Mark October 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Once again, we have a person who has brought so many great changes in the local community trying to break in to bring change to the state level and bring the change we need. However, the Sacramento Political Interest are donating to the Butler campaign, close to a million dollars. I hope that David defeats Goliath, I'm voting for Mayor Richard Bloom, the candidate who brought positive changes to Santa Monica and has balanced city budgets multiple years, something the state can not say.
Alessandra DeClario October 13, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Mark please read Dan's comment: "I will take anyone over Bloom- who has spearheaded in his 13 years- the developer destruction of Santa Monica- no matter how he tries to spin it- way too friendly with all of them - and look at the horrible changes in this once great city since he took office." Santa Monica is a zoo - crowded with tourists and lacking in the neighborhood feeling it once had.... over developed now with cops driving up and down the streets constantly! There is way too much money wasted on political campaigns.. I wonder if Abraham Lincoln could have run for president today?! He didn't have money!!! I'm still looking for those with the heart of an Abraham Lincoln.......
Russell Smith October 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I'm voting for Butler. The mayor of Santa Monica is in the pocket of developers, some of the most evil people in the world. I got a robo-call from Butler last night. Despite that, I'm still voting for her. I agree with Alessandra. Bloom has ruined Santa Monica.
Dan Charney October 16, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Bloom and his 13 years of friendly corporate developer relationships and deals- ruined this city - don't let him go on to do his in the pocket of developers work on a larger scale- He ruined Santa Monica along with his bought buddies Gleam D and Terry O- send them all packing. It would have helped if along with the total ruination of this city - that they at least lined the coffers to fund the programs that service the low income people and seniors, schools- and please- dont' tell me that Community Core is anything good for low income people - it pales by comparison to Section 8 which is far better and should be funded by the city now- shame on Bloom and the whole sell out council
Dan Charney October 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Bloom and his buddies are owned by developers- they have raped this city and left all programs broke as well- we are destroyed because of Bloom and his years -
Brian October 23, 2012 at 04:01 AM
For the record, over 80% os Betsy's contributions come from Sacramento unions and special interests. She spent over 1 million in the Primary. Bloom spent 1/3 that with virtually no Sacramento support. Facts are important things.
Christina Cox October 23, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Btw: last week the City started building a large trash enclosure next to Chez Jay - in fact ON the recently landmarked parcel where CJ sits. When CJ reminded them of its landmark status (the entire parcel - not just the building was given landmark status on Oct. 8th), the City hastily filed an appeal and is trying to revoke it so that CJ will not be a landmark. A couple of City Council members are saying they had no idea this was happening. Where was Richard Bloom in all this? Please email Richard Bloom if you care about preserving the little bit of history Santa Monica has left. richard.bloom@smgov.net To stay updated, "Like" our page: www.facebook.com/savechezjay
Dan Charney October 23, 2012 at 04:56 AM
so they both stink ? what else is new? rather give her a chance than have more on a state level that mirrors what Bloom has done to SM in his time- the worst-
Dan Charney October 23, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Done and will do - but Bloom is probably behind it along with Gleam and Terry - so what is the point? Shared the FB page- nice page
Jared Morgan October 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
For those of you who are interested, a new round of campaign contribution disclosures was released this morning. Here's the writeup: http://patch.com/A-yYYq
Brenda Barnes October 29, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Notice Bloom's biggest contributor is NMS Propoerties. He's been behind approval of 15 projects for them. They owe him bigtime. Residents, on the other hand, owe anyone his developers' lapdog a** might hurt the way he has hurt SM a big warning. There are bad politicians, but Richard, Gleam, and Terry are liars besides, all having run as "smart Growth" backers and then approved every development that came along.


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