August 17, 2011

Cash for Cutter and Debt for Lopez in Latest Financial Disclosures

Despite raising less money than her opponent in the 2010 District 5 San Leandro City Council race, Pauline Cutter has money in her campaign account and no debt. Her opponent, Corina Lopez, has more than $23,000 in campaign debt and $161 in her campaign account.

Cutter raised a total of $25,820 for the campaign while Lopez raised $32,567.

Semi-annual campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due August 1, 2011, and are summarized below.

Pauline Cutter

Cutter reported $1,161.55 on hand at the end of the reporting period with no outstanding debt. Cutter's contributions included:

Cutter's expenses consisted of $1,510 to campaign manager Louis Heystek for literature and office expenses.

Cutter's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011

Corina Lopez

Lopez changed the name of her campaign committee to "Corina Lopez for City Council 2018," but otherwise reported no changes from her previous financial disclosure. She had $161 at the end of the reporting period with $23,503 in debt.

Lopez's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011

Updated 8/17 at 8am and 10:50am: Changed to reflect a name change in Lopez' campaign committee and corrected amount raised by Cutter.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 17, 2011 12:01 AM | TrackBack

Mike, thank you for your continued posts regarding local campaign finance disclosures. Please note, however, that your calculations regarding funds raised by the candidates routinely omit the funds received in the period prior to the calendar year of the actual election. In this case, you fail to report and add in 2009 fundraising figures for the 2010 election. For example, during the six-month period between July and December 2009, District 5 City Council candidate Pauline Cutter raised $5,193.59, while her opponent, Corina Lopez, raised $0.00 ( Even though, at the end of the day, Lopez still outraised (and outborrowed) Cutter, their campaign totals should reflect the dollars raised from the time they declare their candidacies regardless of the election date. Therefore, for the District 5 election, Cutter raised $25,820 and Lopez $32,567.

Posted by: Louis Heystek at August 17, 2011 9:08 AM


Thanks for the correction. You are correct that I had missed the money that Cutter raised earlier for her City Council campaign.

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 17, 2011 11:21 AM
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