Neves leads Hennick in fund-raising for sheriff’s race |

Neves leads Hennick in fund-raising for sheriff’s race

Michael S. Green, Tahoe Daily Tribune

If cheap shots fly in the spirited race for El Dorado County sheriff, it won’t be for lack of money.

Together, the two candidates have raised close to $200,000; in contrast, the three candidates for district attorney have raised a total of $66,000.

Undersheriff Jeff Neves so far has outspent Sgt. Larry Hennick nearly 2-to-1 with expenditures topping $100,000, according to campaign finance documents filed at the Elections Department in Placerville.

Neves also outpaced Hennick by raising nearly $117,000 in cash and non-cash contributions as of Feb. 16. Retiring Sheriff Hal Barker is among Neves’ biggest supporters, donating $1,075 of his own money and $14,000 from Barker’s campaign fund.

Through its political action committee, the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is Hennick’s biggest backer. Since October it has pumped $10,100 into his campaign and spent another $3,900 on campaign signs and advertising.

Sgt. James Pullen, president of the DSA, has personally given $6,000. Capt. Ernie Hillman, whom Hennick would appoint undersheriff, donated $500. The bulk of Hennick’s $78,000 war chest has come from a series of fund-raisers, including a January crab feed that netted $17,000.

Neves has supplemented his in-county fund-raising with a $10,000 loan and $5,000 donation from a West Sacramento builder, and more than $14,000 in cash and supplies from a Zephyr Cove woman. Donations from Placerville chiropractor John Mooney total $7,600.

Since Oct. 1, Hennick received six contributions worth $1,000 or more; Neves received 15. Neves entered the final days of the campaign with $15,703 cash on hand, while Hennick’s campaign had $26,289.

Expenditure reports show Neves spending more than $60,000 on a direct mail campaign to reach voters on both sides of the political spectrum. Hennick has spent more than $20,000 for consulting fees and television, radio and newspaper ads.

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