Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, March 24, 2006

3 Straws and a Slurpee

Impressive numbers from former Council Member Dan Secord who had 12 fundraisers raising $106,000 during the last reporting period. Good soundbite too.

Wolfe and Williams, who are in the $45,000 range, rightly tried to make the debate about the number of donors a candidate has -- I hope they aren't surprised to find out Dr. Dan has as many as them. Has anybody checked?


Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

The issue is more about the median or mean amount of the contribuion per donor, NOT necessarily the total number of donors nor (mostly) the total amount of financial contributions.

So Dr. Dan may have "as many" donors as Wolfee and Williams, but he still has far, far more money, leaving open --again-- the issue about how he would vote and advocate as a Supervisor based on who contributed.

Of course, the relatively large donation by Sperling to Das Williams still will yield some seething froth in comments here, all no doubt with the intent to distract from the perpetual issue that any Supervisor Secord still will be the best friend of land developers, urban sprawlers, oil extractors, and their like.

Secord should release and disclose his entire financial statments. His decline to do so now is all the more indicative of what kind of candidate he is and what kind of elected official he would be. Perceptioneer that.

3/24/2006 11:30 AM  
Anonymous DD said...

FDS, do you want just Secord to release his entire donor base records or every candidate.

Ye gads, I get SO MUCH junk mail from enough candidates, I can only imagine what my mailbox would look like at election time if my under $100 contributions put me on more lists.

3/24/2006 7:54 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

nice try at a deflection...

If this were national politics, you would be saying or writing "9/11" or "War On Terror" when the questions got tough about campaign finance.

The original Newspress article indicated that Secord did not release the full reports, but the other candidates did.

Does anyone really think that advertisers troll lists of campaign donors, or is it only news reporters who do?

3/25/2006 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Political ads come the lists of registered voters and party affiliation, or general lists of every address in certain areas.

Ads or junk mail generated from prior contributions come from the recipient of those same contributions, so unless one hates junk mail from the candidates one already supported, this seems a spurious argument, if not indeed a "deflection". Take it up with your candidate if you do not want more junk mail from him or her.

3/25/2006 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


All of Secords donors are listed. If I were Das and Janet I would be worried. If Secord raises the same money as Firestone - something like $500,000 or $600,000 NOT COUNTING HIS MONEY.

If we do not know where Dr. Dan's money came from yet how could Das state it came from developers.

Was Das not being honest or just trying to create rumors?

3/25/2006 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das has more than Dr. Dan's money. He has Janet and Joe to worry about.

Joe has the passion and the real issues and Janet has the endoresements

Not sure other than sperling and out of towners who will give Das a lot of money

3/26/2006 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/26/2006 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the bulk of Das' supporters, his money comes from outside the 2nd district for the most part. Try sacramento, 1st district, 3rd District. Not so much the 2nd. Which should give a clue where the votes aren't going to go. Secord must be doing somersaults of gratitude for Das.

3/26/2006 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das is widely recognized as a potential statewide candidate. It should be expected that some of his donations come from other areas. Protecting our earth doesnt stop at the Santa Barbara County line!

3/27/2006 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for Secord to have a $50,000 contribution from someone who dislikes Das twice as much as Sperling likes him.

Look for the Capps campaign coffers to give more than generously to Wolfe in the last few weeks of the race (it may be as much as $100K).

3/27/2006 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for Secord to report a $50,000 contribution from someone who dislikes Das twice as much as Sperling likes him.

Look for Lois Capps to give Wolfe a significant donation in the last few weeks of the race (could be as much as $100K). SB Democratic Star Chamber will not let Wolfe go down without a fight.

3/27/2006 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...


Das has ideas?

He has no ideas only ambition. His ideas have been the living wage.

His ideas have been affordable housing and then he votes against or kills every idea there is for affordable housing.

His idea is to bankrupt the city. He has no financial understanding whatsoever.

Does has energy, he is likable and fun to watch, but Das is a lightweight in the idea camp.

Not only does he not have any ideas, he has says whatever it takes to win over an audience and then says the opposite at the next audience.

Das has one idea - to move up in poltics.

And that is a bad idea for those of us who live here.

3/27/2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger Midtown Mercenary said...

So who does have ideas in your opinion?

Janet: I wanna be your friend.
Dan: I'm old and likable.
Guzz: I'm pissed off about one particular thing I can't change.
Das: I've been there, led, showed backbone.

Edge: Das by a lot.

3/28/2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger Midtown Mercenary said...

Who does have ideas, in your opinion?

Janet: please like me.
Dan: I'm old and likable at first.
Guzz: I'm pissed off about one single thing I can't change.
Das: I've served, led, showed backbone.

edge: das by a mile.

By the way, how convoluted do you have to be to report the funding race the way the sbnp did?

3/28/2006 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what I've heard them say:

Janet: I care about neighborhoods. I want to learn how to help.
Dan : I had no idea that representation in the unincorporated areas was so bad. I would like to help.
Guzz : I understand how the county government works, and I am consistent in my stand against overdevelopment on the South Coast.
Das : I am the best person for the job.

3/28/2006 11:40 AM  
Anonymous 2nd District Reality Check said...

Mr. Mercenary: you show your true colors and lack of awareness of the last 15 years of SB politics by your "edge"..

who has "served, led, showed backbone??"

could be Janet Wolf, during her years on the school board standing up for neighborhood schools, or for students and other impacted by the Boy Scouts discriminatory policies.

could be Secord, even if we disagreed with his decisions, not being afraid to be the lone voice and stand up to POA or SEIU

Could even be Guzzardi, in his role as a public servant, management level County employee.

But the LAST person that would logically follow your description is Das. Never completed or even got halfway through his first term in office before raising money for jumping ship to his next stepping stone. Never stayed at one job longer than a couple years. Never lived in one district in his adult life longer than 1 or 2 years.

So please. Surrender to reality. All but the most starry eyed have.

3/28/2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Dear midtown mercenary,

How about...

Janet: No experience, but I'm Susan's pick.
Dan: My way or the highway.
Guzz: Willing to try and save the community.
Das: Can't stay put in one place more than two years.

edge: Guzz by a County mile.

3/28/2006 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay - the realist:

How about...

Janet: Rose gets in her way even if she hides her.
Guzz: A nice guy that loses a bit too often to win.
Das: Ants in pants - cannot tell truth to even himself.
Dan: Got the Republicans locked and the older Dems.

Edge: Dan in Primary by 2 points

3/28/2006 10:58 PM  
Anonymous al road said...

Agree that the Guzz loses it a bit too often - - but Janet can overcome Rose support with others - and Rose is not that hated except by Travis.

Das is the most two faced person I have ever met. I live on Alan Road and over the past few weeks we have seen first hand - he killed the bridge we wanted and encouraged less homes up our road and then came to us to fight it - fortunate for all us on Alan Road we see both sides of his back room calls and emails - Das speak with forked tongue.

I for one will vote for Janet or Dan.

3/28/2006 11:29 PM  
Anonymous 2nd District and continuity said...

Janet is the real deal. She is the kind of fighter who will survive--survive the baseless attacks eg those above; survive the duplicitousness of the so-called progressive community, and once she is our 2nd District Supervisor we'll know that's where her priorities are---not seeking some higher calling. She will continue to build solid relationships with other Supervisors, Department Heads, community leaders and experts.

All of the candidates are good people who care about this region. However, If this County is truly to remain together without increased acrimony and while maintaining our environmental and social justice priorities, we need someone with depth and intelligence who will provide continuity of leadership.

Janet Wolf is that person.

3/29/2006 8:05 AM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

11:40am has it right. The Guzz is the only candidate that says he'll fight overdevelopment of the South Coast. Clinton said it was the economy stupid. In this race..."It's the DENSITY, stupid."

3/29/2006 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Noleta place like home said...

8:05 am--

Janet Wolf seems like a nice person. And I think she is sincere.

However, I attended all four of the "Meet the Candidates" forum in December of last year. Janet, in spite of her sincerity, was the least knowledgable of the four candidates. FRIGHTENINGLY SO! With Rose's early endorsement for her, it seemed clear that she was going to be mentored into doing things the Rose way. NOT A GOOD SIGN! So nothing personal towards Janet, but the best thing she could do for 2nd district is to step out of the race and get involved on another level, such as visioning or future update committees.

(FYI my first pick is Joe Guzzardi. Too bad for us he's low on campaign dough. $$$$ buys representation, I guess.)

3/29/2006 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original post by Sara wanted to know about Dan's donors. Did anyone catch the article buried in the NP yesterday saying that Dan got $50,000 from one donor? That's even more than Das. I guess we know who the two front runners are...just depends if anyone wins in June or if this will go to a runoff in November.

3/29/2006 12:42 PM  

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