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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

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  • State Dems Back Butler for 50th Assembly Seat
  • Candidates Accused of Stacking Endorsements
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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