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Special Interests Help Bloom Amass Large Warchest in Supervisor Race
By Jorge Casuso
August 3, 2021 – Assemblymember Richard Bloom raised more than $500,000 in six months in the race for County Supervisor thanks in large part to maximum donations from dozens of unions and special interest groups.
Bloom's two competitors in the race to replace Supervisor Sheila Kuehl relied almost exclusively on individual donors to each raise a little more than half Bloom's total, according to campaign finance disclosure statements submitted Monday.
As of June 30, Bloom, a former Santa Monica Mayor, had received 610 donations totaling $501,575 and had $479,400 cash on hand.
West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath had 426 donations totaling $275,175 and $262,188 cash on hand. While Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin had 298 donations totaling $255,841, leaving him with $236,597.
Bloom's donors -- many of whom contributed the maximum $1,500 -- include some of the State's most powerful unions. For a full list of contributors click here
Among them are the California nurses and teachers associations, as well as unions representing school administrators, government employees, law enforcement officers, firefighters, community college teachers and transit workers.
Trade unions who contributed to Bloom's campaign include those representing warehouse workers, operating engineers, machinists, film directors and theatrical stage employees.
These include general contractors, pavement and asphalt workers, electrical workers and painters, as well as associations representing engineering companies and building owners and managers.
Other associations that made large contributions cover a wide range of fields, including those representing auto manufacturers and car dealers, farmers, grocers, restaurateurs, cattlemen and wine grape growers, refuse and recycling companies, bankers and beverage distributors.
Medical groups and associations that contributed represent hospitals and health facilities, dental hygienists, optometrists, orthopaedic doctors, physical therapists, anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists and the International Sleep Products Association.
The Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Barona Band of Mission Indians contributed, so did the Black Business Development PAC and the Jewish Legislative Caucus, Jewish PAC and the Sierra Club.
Corporate contributors included AT&T, Facebook, Google, Comcast, General Motors, Delta Airlines and Disney, as well as BNSF Railway Company and California Independent Telephone.
Nine chapters of the GFC Courage Committee, whose goal is "liberating legislators from special interests" also contributed to Bloom's campaign.
Among the prominent Santa Monica residents who made large contributions are land use attorney Chris Harding ($1,500) and his wfe, School Board member Laurie Lieberman ($1,000), Councilmember Gleam Davis ($1,250) and former Councilmember Greg Morena ($1,500).
Not all of the high profile contributors with strong ties to Santa Monica back Bloom, who served on the City Council from 1999 to 2012.
The Mayoral campaign for former Police Chief James T. Butts, Jr. contributed $1,500 to Horvath's campaign, while former Councilmember Kevin McKeown contributed $100.
Editor's note: A previous version of this report stated that former Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts, Jr. and former Councilmember Kevin McKeown contributed to Galperin's campaign. They contributed to Horvath's campaign.
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