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Santa Clara Campaign 2018 Money Update: AFL-CIO Invests $10K in Biagini Campaign, Gillmor Adds PAC Money to War Chest

The 2018 PAC spending race is off and running in Santa Clara, with the San José-based AFL-CIO Labor Council Committee on Political Education (COPE) PAC investing $10,000 in mailers and field expenses for District 2 City Council candidate Nancy Biagini.

Major donors to the COPE PAC include:

  • Sacramento-based Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association PAC – $100,000
  • IBEW Local 332 Education Fund – $50,000
  • SCC Probation Peace Officers’ Union PAC AFSME Local 1587 – $30,000
  • Santa Clara County Joint Electrical Industry Fund Director of Business Development Neil Struthers – $25,000
  • Milpitas-District 2 Associates LLC (aka Lyon Housing), Newport Beach – $20,000
  • San Jose Firefighters Local 230 PAC – $15,000
  • PG&E – $12,000
  • Laborers Local Union No. 270 PAC Small Contributor Committee, Sacramento – $10,000

The COPE PAC donation is almost as much as Biagini has collected from direct donations ($14,220), and almost 75 percent of Biagini’s donors are outside Santa Clara.


Candidate for Mayor Lisa Gillmor has also collected some union and PAC money: $590 from the Sacramento-based Plumbers, Steamfitters & Refrigeration Fitter Action Fund; $250 from the California Apartment Association; and $590 from the San Ramon-based Sheet Metal Workers International Association. Over 70 percent of Gillmor’s donors are outside Santa Clara.

Gillmor still leads the money race, now with $18,385 in her war chest.


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