Campaign contributions for Yolo County election reported



Yolo County elections are just under a month away and residents will be voting to fill a number of offices and one measure.

Positions include the 3rd District supervisor, county sheriff-coroner, district attorney and clerk recorder. Measure K is the only countywide question and focuses on a marijuana tax.

Other cities such as Davis and Winters have their own measures up for consideration.

Measure K on the Tuesday, June 5, ballot asks county voters if there should be a tax imposed on businesses that sell cannabis. The money collected from this tax would be used for criminal enforcement of illegal cultivation, early childhood intervention and prevention, youth development, rural infrastructure and for other unrestricted general revenue purposes.

As earlier in the week, there was no organized opposition to the measure. The “Yes on Measure K” campaign, however, had received $22,700 in contributions as of Tuesday, and had spent $8,409 on business services, office expenses and campaign consultants. The campaign still has $14,291.

Most of the 10 contributions to the campaign are from cannabis growers in the county as well as companies in the Bay Area and Southern California. The largest donations were of $5,000 and were given by BKMK LLC based in Oakland, BKB Agricultural LLC based in La Quinta and Kind Farms LLC based in Sacramento.

In the 3rd District supervisors race, Meg Stallard had received $9,297 in donations while Gary Sandy had no contributions on file as of Tuesday.

Stallard and Sandy are running against each other to replace incumbent Matt Rexroad, who had been on the board since 2006 but announced earlier he wouldn’t seek office again.

Overall, Stallard has received 47 contributions from Woodland residents, as well as residents from the surrounding area. The largest donation of $1,000 came from Sacramento philanthropist Melodie Rufer.

Stallard has also loaned her campaign $10,000, making the total amount of money allocated to her campaign $19,297. As of Tuesday, Stallard’s campaign has spent $4,660.82, leaving Stallard with $14,636.18.

Expenditures include photography services, campaign literature mailings, postal services, print advertisements and candidate filing fees that were reimbursed to Stallard.

While Sandy had not reported any financial contributions as of Tuesday, a committee has raised money his behalf with a campaign against Stallard.


Nine contributions amounting to $22,500 have been made to the Yolo County Residents for Ethical Reform, opposing Meg Stallard for County Supervisor 2018. The largest contribution was of $7,500 from Median Pacific Inc., a political consulting firm owned by Rexroad.

The committee had received money from five residents and four businesses from Sacramento and Yolo counties. The second largest contribution of $5,000 was donated by Fred Barnum, owner of Barnum and Celillo Electric.

The committee had spent $647 for legal services as of Tuesday, and still had $21,853 in its wallet.

The county sheriff-coroner race has one candidate actively campaigning, and the other seems to be relying solely on third party campaigners. Sheriff Ed Prieto announced in mid-March that after 20 years serving as sheriff he would not seek re-election. His name is still on the ballot but he has said he is not actively running against Tom Lopez, the current undersheriff.

While Citizens for Ed Prieto has not received much in terms of contributions in 2018 — only $6,000 from United Food Commercial Workers 8 and $500 contributions from Villegas for Supervisors 2020, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly 2018 and Mike Thompson for Congress — the total balance before expenditures was $45,724.

Prieto also loaned himself $600. The money has been spent on campaign hats, stickers and magnets, consultant fees and filing and statement fees. The balance is now at $23,544.

The Committee to Elect Tom Lopez Sheriff 2018, meanwhile, has raised $194,196, with $104,000 coming from a loan Lopez made to himself. Monetary contributions made to Lopez were not available in the campaign statement, but were seen as individual contribution reports.

The largest contribution to Lopez of $9,999 made by Sandra Williams from Arkansas. The amount is just under the maximum that can be legally donated to a candidate.

Lopez has spent $34,781 on campaign consultants, signs and other campaign literature office supplies, a fundraising event, digital advertisements and filing fees.

District Attorney candidates Dean Johansson and Jeff Reisig, meanwhile, have raised comparable amounts of money from January to April 21, and Reisig has spent more money than Johansson so far.

Johansson has received $39,110 in contributions from 141 people and no loans. The largest contribution of $3,000 was made by Maria Grijalva of West Sacramento.

Johansson has spent $14,228, and Grijalva had spent a total of $18,379 on an independent campaign to elect him.

Johansson’s expenditures include office supplies, campaign literature, professional legal and accounting services, campaign paraphernalia, a phone bank, web advertisements, web fees and filing fees.

Reisig had received $32,700, adding to the money he already had from his previous campaign. The largest contribution of $3,000 was made by the Yocha DeHe Wintun Nation.

Reisig had spent a total of $45,803 as of Tuesday and had $72,840 left. His expenses included digital advertising, office supplies, web advertisements, office supplies, civic donations, membership dues, fundraising events, campaign literature and mailings and web services.

Clerk Recorder candidates Jesse Salinas and David Schwenger have both received campaign contributions, but the contrast in amounts is significant.

Salinas had received $3,576 in campaign contributions while Schwenger has only gotten $500 as of Tuesday.

Salinas has also made three loans to himself totaling $19,000, making the total amount of cash available for campaigning $27,642. The largest contribution made to Salinas was $600 from Felicia Salinas in Sunnyvale.

Salinas had spent $1,8094. Expenditures include print advertisements, campaign mailings, Adobe Systems fees and filing fees.

The only campaign contribution made to Schwenger of $500 and given by Rebecca Schwenger of Esparto.

Schwenger had spent $384 as of Tuesday. Expenditures include car magnets and campaign literature and mailings. He had $116 left over as of Tuesday.

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