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.
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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
Contributed $3,900 on Sept. 29
- Californians Allied For Patient Protection Political Action Committee
Contributed $3,900 on Sept. 12
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