By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce PAC doesn’t seem to be doing much better than it’s “host”: the Chamber of Commerce.
According to the PAC’s semi-annual financial report, the organization raised $17,190. Really not much.
The donations were dominated by a few larger donors, including some familiar and controversial faces:
- Jed York – the 49ers CEO gave $3,000. He was the largest donor. It would be smarter of him to give the money the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League.
- John Elwood, Rudolph & Sletten – $2,250.
- Lou Mariani – $1,580. He’s taking over the PAC and has been lobbying for a massive development at the Mariani’s Inn properties owned by his family.
- Santa Clara Weekly – $1,350 plus $100 from its Publisher/lobbyist Miles Barber. Interesting. How can the “official” newspaper of the city of Santa Clara make political contributions. If they haven’t crossed a legal line, they’ve certainly crossed an ethical one.
- Slatter Construction – $1,290. A Santa Cruz contractor.
- Mlnarik Law Group – $1,000. They’re the firm that represents disgraced former Councilman Dominic Caserta.
Things are even more revealing when looking at the organizations expenditures:
- $3,564 to “Pruneyard Golf” who hosted a PAC fundraiser event. We believe they mean the nine-hole Pruneridge Golf Course.
- $1,000 to Caserta for Supervisor. Yep. Need we say more.
- $1,352.50 to Dave Tobkin. Self-dealing? Tobkin is also the PAC and the Chamber’s treasurer.
- $720 to the Santa Clara Weekly. Self dealing again?
This information comes from the organizations report for the period from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018. Also, the group uses the Chamber’s office address at 1850 Warburton as their mailing address. For that honor it looks like the PAC pays the Chamber $16 a month. That’s pretty cheap rent.