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Punjabi Americans flex political muscle, open wallets in Manteca
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The biggest money contributors in the 2010 Manteca mayoral candidates weren’t developers. It was members of the Punjabi American community.

Punjabi Americans invested $8,360 into the 2010 mayor’s race including the single largest contribution ever in Manteca political history in the form of a $4,000 contribution from the Punjabi American Association of Manteca to Debby Moorhead. They group also contributed at least $1,000 to the campaign of incumbent councilman John Harris in the 2010 election.

Mayor Willie Weatherford received $4,610 from 18 individual Punjabi Americans who own or operate retail businesses and trucking lines in or near Manteca.

Altogether the four candidates for mayor that year received $43,762 in monetary contribution.

Typically the development community — followed by the agricultural community — is the biggest sources of contributions in Manteca city races. In 2010 developers and associated industries were a distance second.