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Supervisor campaign drew big contributions

El Dorado County campaign contributions for last November’s four-way race for the coveted Tahoe District 5 supervisor seat topped a whopping $118,000 for the period ending Dec. 31. Norma Santiago won the race with 33 percent of the vote.

The big-money race was led by South Shore attorney Dennis Crabb, who alone declared $89,178 in contributions. He spent $82,641 of that and pledged Thursday to donate part of his proceeds to Joe Harn’s re-election for El Dorado County auditor in June. Crabb also noted he would turn over the remainder to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Both parties supported him through the election.

Some of the campaigning turned into a reunion of sorts for Crabb, who heard from distant college chums and acquaintances.



“I’m obviously honored by the fact that a large number of people contributed to my campaign,” Crabb said, adding he sent personal thank-you notes to each contributor.

Pierini’s response to the amount of Crabb contributions was “unbelievable,” but he added that in his view, Stephen Reinhard didn’t spend enough. Reinhard, who has closed his candidacy, has been unavailable for comment. Pierini raised $17,586 for the campaign.




“I’ve lived up here for 34 years, and that’s the largest (amount) I can remember,” Pierini said of Crabb’s disclosures.

He took issue with out-of-the area contributions for Crabb. Crabb said he plans to close his candidacy and refrain from running for the seat again in June. Pierini had pledged to only accept those from the district.

Still, Pierini believes it goes to show a candidate doesn’t need to receive and spend the most to get elected. Santiago’s disclosures came in at about one-eighth of Crabb’s.

“It doesn’t always work that way,” said Kathay Lovell, who ran Crabb’s campaign. In 2002, she raised more than $25,000 on her last City Council race and plans to run again in November.

Santiago and Lovell reflected on their opposite campaigns last November, supporting the notion that the voting public may not swing to the candidate with the most money.

“I think that’s the lesson we got from that,” Santiago said. She ran on a campaign that spoke to those disconnected from the establishment in town.

While Pierini is unsure whether to close his, Santiago will keep her candidacy open for her next run during the June primary.

“You have to run a campaign as cost-effective as possible,” she said.

Total Campaign Disclosures for Tahoe District 5 County Supervisor Race in November

— Dennis Crabb:

Contributions – $89,178

Expenditures – $82,641

— Lou Pierini: Contributions – $17,586

Expenditures – $17,370

— Norma Santiago: (x) winner

Contributions – $10,888

Expenditures – $10,320

— Stephen Reinhard:

Contributions – $905

Expenditures – $1,147

The following is an itemized list of El Dorado County Tahoe District 5 campaign contributions among the four candidates that ran for the seat last November. The period started Oct. 23 and ended Dec. 31.

Dennis Crabb:

— B&B Equities – $999

— Brian Bombeck – $250

— John Briggs – $500

— Ron Briggs – $500

— Brookfield Bay Area Builders – $950

— Norm Brown – $950

— California Real Estate Political Action Committee – $500, $999

— Cemo Commercial Inc. – $999

— Committee for Home Ownership of the Building Industry – $999

— Steven Dallas – $900

— Dorado Land & Development – $999

— El Dorado Builders Exchange – $999

— William Elmore – $995

— Kristin Enes – $990

— Mark Enes – $990

— William Fisher – $450

— Eva Georgopoulos – $990

— Laurence Gualco – $250

— Joe Harn – $100, $100

— Timothy Holcomb – $99

— Deb Howard – $200

— Gordon Lane – $2,500

— Nichole Loftis – $190

— Lorang Brothers Construction – $999

— Mother Lode Holding Co. – $900

— Mary Muse – $450

— Shan Nejatian – $99

— Owen Engineering & Management Consultants – $999

— Pacific Oak Development – $999

— Irene Pappas – $990

— Peter Pappas – $990

— Peter Regas – $900

— Prudential California Realty – $100

— James Regas – $900

— Renwood Vineyard Properties – $500

— David Seifert – $100

— John Serpa, Sr. – $2,000

— John Serpa, Jr. – $2,000

— Semano Associates – $800

— Sheffield Ltd. – $999

— Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton – $500

— Sierra Pacific Industries – $999

— Sierra Veterinarian Hospital – $500

— Georganna Sinadinos – $990

— John Sinadinos – $990

— South Shore Motors – $500

— Standard Pacific of Northern California – $999

— Gene Thorne – $300

— Nathan Topol – $1,000

— Trans-Sierra Investments – $500

— Treasure Homes – $999

— Valhalla Enterprises – $500

— Dr. Louis Vismara – $990

— Leanne Wagoner – $84

— Wendy Walker Vismara – $990

— Wallace Kuhl & Associates – $495

— Western Sign Co. – $500

— Cecil Wetsel, Jr. – $99, $900, $950

— Thomas Winn – $950

— El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Assn. – $1,000

Lou Pierini:

— Lori London – $840

— Patrick Martin – $150

— Brady Hodge – $100

— Malcolm Pribyl – $100

— Lou Pierini – $5,000

Norma Santiago:

— Del Laine – $250

— Heidi Weiland – $100

— Diane Bush – $300

— Theodore Gangursky – $50

— Richard Lynn – $100

— Francesca Loftis – $120

Stephen Reinhard:

— Stephen Reinhard – $555


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