Solaro gets early start in campaign contributions
Police Chief Dave Solaro has collected more campaign contributions than his opponent Council member Margo Osti, but she has more money in the bank, according to financial statements filed last month.
The candidates, along with postal worker Dan Browne, are competing for the El Dorado County District 5 supervisorial seat. All three hopefuls are trying to drum up funds before the June 2 primary. Disclosure statements submitted to the county’s Elections Department, show there initially was little interest in the board race.
Osti has received only two contributions totaling $200, both from South Lake Tahoe residents. However, Osti’s cash balance as of March 17, was $2,038, because of a $3,000 loan she acquired from her business, Tahoe Bail Bonds.
Her expenditures totaled $1,186 and included filing fees, newspaper advertising and an insurance policy.
Most of the money raised by Solaro came from the community. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Association pledged $1,000, the largest donation to any of the candidates. Other contributions to his campaign include $500 from Mike Weber of Camp Richardson Resort; $500 from Yellow Pager Communication Systems; $200 from Lake Tahoe Coin Jewelry and Loan; and $100 each from Raymond Ezekiel and Mary McDermott.
Solaro also garnered $629 from a February reception at the Fresh Ketch restaurant where he announced his candidacy.
However, after payments for filing fees and other assorted items, Solaro reported $1,582 cash on hand.
On Tuesday, Solaro’s campaign treasurer Stephen Wysong said more than $4,000 had been raised in the last 28 days.
Osti’s number-cruncher, William Tinlin couldn’t be reached for comment.
Browne informed the county that no funds have been raised for his campaign.
The contributions, raised between Jan. 1 and March 17, are the first of two pre-election statements candidates must file. The next “due date” for candidates is May 21.
The campaign statements are a far cry from the amount current District 5 supervisor John Upton raised in 1994. Upton gathered roughly $40,000 for his campaign coffers, although he was involved in a primary and a November runoff.
There are no restrictions on donations for this year’s local and state elections. A federal district court judge issued a temporary injunction in January, barring the enforcement of Proposition 208, a campaign finance initiative. The California State Supreme Court will make a final decision later this year.
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