Steve Preminger

Liccardo Camp Challenges Dem Central Committee on Endorsement, Spending

An endorsement from the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee comes with a considerable advantage: massive amounts of cash that can be coordinated with a candidate’ campaign.

The Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee is on the fast track to endorse its preferred mayoral hopeful, Dave Cortese. But there are growing concerns that the group’s backing will give that candidate the unfair advantage of bypassing campaign finance laws that apply to individual candidates. Campaign staff of Councilman Sam Liccardo, the fundraising frontrunner in the mayor’s race, challenged the DCC in emails to abide by the same rules governing candidates that prevent unlimited spending in an election.

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Mayoral Candidates Shrug Off Dem Central Committee Endorsement

Dave Cortese won’t face much competition when vying for the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee’s endorsement in the San Jose mayor’s race.

The Democratic Central Committee voted last week to speed up its endorsement process, giving the group two more months to rally behind its chosen San Jose mayoral candidate (hint: Dave Cortese). As a result, some candidates who would be up for consideration—but unlikely to win the endorsement—are now saying they didn’t want the committee’s backing in the first place.

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