In a recent campaign finance filing for San Leandro mayoral candidate Joyce Starosciak, the Economic Development Alliance was reported to have contributed $1,000 to Starosciak's campaign, her single largest donation in the second half of 2009. The Economic Development Alliance is a Los Angeles-based political action committee. In April 2008, the group contributed $500 to Starosciak when she ran for re-election to the San Leandro City Council. It also contributed $500 to Councilmember Jim Prola's campaign in 2008.
The Economic Development Alliance has no web site. However, you can use its FPPC ID# (1303625) to find it on the California Secretary of State's web site.
According to information from the California Secretary of State, the Economic Development Alliance has raised $89,200 since January 2008, with $30,000 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, $15,000 from the California Medical Association, $12,000 from Indian gaming tribes, with lesser amounts from Securitas, PG&E, EdVoice (a proponent of charter schools), Norcal Mutual Insurance, Anthem Blue Cross, and Dentists Insurance Company.
Of the $59,950 it has spent since its inception, $49,575 (83%) went to support the election of Dennis Hayashi to Alameda County Superior Court Judge. Hayashi is the husband of California State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who was elected in 2006 and represents San Leandro. Prola and Starosciak, who received contributions from the Economic Development Alliance, were both endorsed by Mary Hayashi during their campaigns. Other candidates who have received contributions from the group, Francisco Zermeño, Nadia Lockyer, Jean Quan, and Marvin Peixoto, have all been endorsed by Hayashi during their campaigns.
The phone number and address for the group, lead to the Los Angeles company David L. Gould Company, an organization that performs political finance, reporting and consulting services.
According to the David Gould Company, the Economic Development Alliance was formed in January 2008 and its principal is Afton Kobayashi. The purpose of the group is "Voter education and awareness." Kobayashi is the Director of the
Iris Alliance Fund, a mental health foundation founded by Mary Hayashi.
In future articles, San Leandro Bytes will look more closely at other political contributors.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 8, 2010 10:51 PM | TrackBack