Many votes for the June 5 election have already been cast by absentee ballots, but the push to pass Measure B will continue up through Tuesday.
Campaign disclosure forms for “San Jose Fiscal Reforms, Yes on Measure B, Mayor Reed, Chamber PAC and Issues Mobilization PAC Proponents” show that while the first few months of the year in fundraising went well, fundraising during the last reporting period was excellent. Between March 18 and May 19, the PAC received $435,664 in contributions, bringing the total for the calendar year to $637,919.
In just this latest filing period, the PAC spent $352,592.32. While we’ve already profiled some of the people and companies that have supported Measure B with contributions, here’s a look at the way the PAC has spent its money:
• The PAC spent $99,364.94 on mailers to the Advertisers Mailing Service in Santa Clara.
• The PAC Spent $130,004 on ad buys with Comcast, which also produced ads. That could explain why all of the pro-Measure B ads look like this. And this. And this. (Side note: On that last campaign ad, could putting Julie Constant in a Measure B ad signal an interest on her part to run for her husband’s termed-out council seat in 2014?)
• Other media buys include:
$5,540 — Election Digest
$14,615.66 — Autumn Press
$2,678 — California Voter Guide
$14,322 — Budget Watchdog Newsletter
$7,297 — Cops Voter Guide
• The PAC paid $1,000 to the California Republican Taxpayers Association.
• The PAC paid Eagle Communications, which is operated by political consultant Vic Ajlouny, $15,240.51 during this two-month period. While many political consultants design their pay structure to get a percentage of media buys (mailers, TV ads, signs, etc.) in the range of 15 percent, Ajlouny tells San Jose Inside he doesn’t get a percent of the gross. “I never want to be accused of making a buying decision based on money,” he said.
• And finally, the PAC paid Strategy Research Institute $37,500.