Oller raises $300,000
Assemblyman Thomas “Rico” Oller has widened the gap between his fund-raising and that of primary challenger Ray Nutting.
Oller raised approximately $300,000 through May 21. Three major contributions reported at the end of the week added $9,500 to that total. The California Union of Safety Employees PAC sent the freshman lawmaker $5,000. United Parcel Service PAC of Atlanta added $2,000 to the campaign treasury and Wrzesel-Oviatt Lumber Co. kicked in $2,500.
Nutting, who listed his campaign contributions in excess of $72,000, added a $1,000 check courtesy of William F. and Janet Cronk of Oakland, Calif., owners of Dryers Ice Cream.
As the campaign pressures mounted last week, Nutting was passing around an “Informational Release” from Amador Sheriff Michael F. Prizmich which flatly declared, “I am not authorizing the use of my name by any political candidates.”
The sheriff said that while he had to seek election, his focus ” … is not politics, but rather the protection of Amador County citizens and their property.”
Nutting passed out that communication and copies of a Rico Oller mailer that clearly lists Sheriff Prizmich, along with Sheriffs Hal Barker and the top deputy in Mono, Alpine, Placer and Calaveras as backers.
Nutting said he applauded Prizmuch’s “commitment to political neutrality” and his “honesty.”
Nutting, when asked about the disparity in campaign cash, said, “I’m up against machine. This is machine politics … $300,000 worth, most of it raised outside the district.”
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