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Outside money flows into Lathrop mayor campaign

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POSTED October 31, 2012 12:38 a.m.

LATHROP – Both of Lathrop’s mayoral candidates have been busy with some last minute fundraising.

And nearly all of the money generated during the late-term period by both campaigns has been from donors outside of Lathrop.

According to the campaign filing statements submitted to the Lathrop City Clerk, only a single donor from Lathrop made a contribution that exceeded $100 to the war chest of councilman and mayoral hopeful Sonny Dhaliwal during the three-week statement period that ended on Oct. 20.

Out of $4,425 that Dhaliwal received between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20, only $100 came from a donor with a Lathrop address – a retired individual. The bulk of the money raised – $2,000 – came from the Los Angeles-based California Real Estate Political Action Committee while the Oakland-based Northern California Carpenters Regional Council made a $500 contribution.

A series of $250 contributions from individuals were also received – including a pair from administrators at the Dublin-based DeSilva Gates Construction. The company lists the Lathrop Industrial Park as one of its completed private works on its website.

Those who contribute less than $100 don’t officially have to be listed on campaign finance filings.

With the late influx, Dhaliwal has brought in $33,075 so far this year – nearly triple that of his opponent.

He has spent $25,549.45 and retains $7,525.55 cash on hand after paying out just under $10,000 during the month of October. A large portion of that expenditure was signage – $2,600 worth – and postage that totaled just over $1,200.

And while incumbent Joseph “Chaka” Santos has only been able to raise a fraction of the money generated by his opponent – $12,196 – the bulk of that came from a single donor from outside of the community.

According the California 460 candidate finance forms that his committee filed, Santos received a $5,000 donation from Premier Furniture Gallery on Stockton’s Hammer Lane. He only listed five other donors, and only one – Two Guys Food and Fuel, which donated $1,000 – was based in Lathrop.

Three of his donors wrote $500 checks – the owner of a Manteca liquor store, a Stockton liquor store and Manteca Gas and Food on Louise Avenue – while a self-employed trucker shelled out $300.

Santos only had a cash balance of $805 at the start of the cycle before taking in $7,800 in contributions.

After making $6,340 worth of payments – including a $4,950 payment to Stockton-based political consultant Steve Reid – he has $2,265 left in the bank.

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