ELECTION 2014: Chen releases donor list

ELECTION 2014: Chen releases donor list

Michele Ellson

A late campaign finance filing shows Councilman Stewart Chen has raised almost as much as the top city candidate for office this this fall.

The donor list, which was due Monday but not filed until midday Wednesday, showed that Chen has taken in $34,024.70 in support of his re-election bid this year and spent about $9,500, leaving him with $28,140.15 to fund the remainder of his campaign.

Chen is running against Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese for two council seats. So far, Oddie has raised a few hundred dollars more than Chen – $34,294.31 – while Matarrese has taken in $10,472.06.

Chen pulled in $1,000 checks from local Realtor Ringo Liu, a pair of Oakland donors and the Alameda Labor Council’s Unity PAC. He took in a $2,000 contribution from the Universal Dragon Investment Corporation, based in Fremont.

The list details donors who contributed between July 1 and September 30, and shows how much Chen has raised and spent during all of 2014. It was due Monday, but Chen said in an e-mail that his treasurer was sick for two days.

An additional round of pre-election donor disclosures is due on October 23, and any contributions of $1,000 or more are required to be reported within 24 hours.

An updated spreadsheet listing all of the City Council and mayoral candidates’ donors for the filing period is attached at the bottom of this story.

Related: Oddie, Gilmore appear to lead fundraising race

Comments

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Chen's campaign money support mostly lives outside Alameda (see fiscal supporter list).

Outside alameda donor money carries a big council vote debt for Chen's compliance to developers profits.

This man is not representing the interests of Alameda.

NOT THE MAN FOR MY VOTE,!

Submitted by Valerie (not verified) on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Chen's excuse for late donor disclosures is that "Chen's treasurer was sick for two days". Isn't this the guy that was convicted of medical insurance fraud? Do you really believe anything he has to say? He knew the disclosures were due long before that date. What responsible candidate would wait until the last minute and then try to blame someone else? It is his responsibility. Chen has no credibility or integrity.

Submitted by Karen Green (not verified) on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Valerie, I had the same reaction. Once again it's not his fault.

Submitted by Karen Green (not verified) on Sat, Oct 11, 2014

Chen blamed his office staff and his attorney for his insurance fraud problems. Now he blames his accountant. Does this man ever take responsibility?

Submitted by Joy (not verified) on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Four years ago I was at the city democratic club heaDquarters watching election returns. That was the year Rick Scott-republican-, whose healthcare company paid huge fines for Medicare fraud, was elected governor. Comments about his election were how could Florida voters vote that crook into office? Well, what do you expect, it's Florida. Now many of those same people are voting for Stewart Chen, convicted of insurance fraud. If he is elected I guess we can hear, what do you expect? it's Alameda. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Submitted by Karen g. (not verified) on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Dear Editor,

Four years ago I was at the city democratic club heaDquarters watching election returns. That was the year Rick Scott-republican-, whose healthcare company paid huge fines for Medicare fraud, was elected governor. Comments about his election were how could Florida voters vote that crook into office? Well, what do you expect, it's Florida. Now many of those same people are voting for Stewart Chen, convicted of insurance fraud. If he is elected I guess we can hear, what do you expect? it's Alameda. What a bunch of hypocrites.