So I’ll preface this by saying I don’t really care that much about campaign contributions. I prefer to judge a candidate based on what their positions will mean for everyone in Oakland, not by the few people who might get rich off those positions.
Anyway, I’ve been a little upset lately by the rumors flying around that Sean Sullivan is the developer candidate, and even more disturbed by the rumor that these rumors were being pushed by Nancy Nadel. I preferred not to believe that, trying to think the best of her. But now that she’s left a comment here saying that Sean is “financied by the developers” and suggesting we “look at the sources – look at his FPPC statement,” I guess the time has come to do just that. I will say that I am very disappointed in her accusations and find the attack very low.
Below are Nancy Nadel’s and Sean Sullivan’s reported campaign contributions from real estate investment, property management, construction, and development interests.
I have Sean Sullivan’s statements from November 10, 2007 through March 24, 2008, so the following contributions reflect a longer time period than those listed for Nadel.
- Madison Park Financial, property management company: $600
- HFH Central Station Village, LLC, development firm: $600
- Dogtown Development Company, LLC: $600
- Kathleen E. Kuhner, CEO, Dogtown Development Company: $600
- Caldecott Properties: $300
- West Oakland Associates: $600
- Francis Rush III, Management, Rush Property: $600
- Rusty Snow, Owner, Snow Property Co: $600
- Peter Sullivan, Managing Partner, PSAI: $600
- Total: $5100
I do not have Nancy Nadel’s disclosure statements from the previous year, so everything listed here is from 1/1/08 to 3/17/08. I don’t know if she raised any money beforehand or not.
- Matthew Hallinan, Property Manager, Ballyhallinan Properties: $100
- Jeanne Myserson, President and CEO, The Swig Company: $500
- Rick Mariano, R.S. Mariano Interests (real estate, self): $500
- Tom McCoy, Owner, BBI Construction: $600
- Charles Hahn, Owner, Charles Hahn Entertainment, LLC: $350
- Kennard Perry, Chief Investment Officer, The Swig Company: $500
- Moses Libitzsky, Investor, Self (Libitzsky Property Companies): $250
- Robert J. Bond, Principal, Bond Companies: $250
- Lynette Lee, Administrator, EBALDC: $100
- Britten Shuford, Co-Managing Partner, Pacifica Capital Group: $600
- Wayne Jordan, real estate investor, Jordan Real Estate Investments: $600
- Jabari Herbert, Developer, Capital Stone Group, LLC: $100
- Rosa Deanda, Administrator, PCC Logistics: $600
- Abdel Zaharan, CFO, PCC Logistics: $600
- Total: $5650
Although Sean Sullivan has somehow gotten a reputation as the developer’s candidate, both candidates have received a significant amount of contributions from the development community, and in fact, Nancy Nadel reported slightly more money from developers and more unique contributions from developers over a shorter time period. Sean’s developer contributions are mostly from small, Oakland based companies, while Nadel’s are more from large out of town, and in some cases, out of state companies.
Of particular note: although Nancy Nadel has repeatedly said that she wants to protect the Lake from high-rises, she has received a significant amount of money from Swig, a San Francisco developer that has submitted applications to build two skyscrapers, one even taller than the Emerald Views project, equally close to the Lake, immediately behind the Kaiser Center.
So there you have it. Do what you want with the information, it isn’t all that interesting to me, but I felt like the record needed to be set straight. I won’t say that contributions are irrelevant, but it’s important to have the full picture. I encourage everyone to examine the candidates’ websites, where they can explain their positions more completely. Sean Sullivan‘s website lays out a very detailed platform explaining his positions on issues ranging from development to youth to business attraction to transparency in government and so on. Sean also has some video of his comments at the League of Women Voters candidate forum on his website.
I also encourage concerned voters to get out and talk to the candidates about their worries. There will be an opportunity to do so this Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at the First Christian Church on 111 Fairmount Avenue. I believe that all the District 3 candidates and all the at-large candidates will be there.