Rockholm doubles up Duran in donations, spending for Roseville supes race

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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With Election Day coming Tuesday, Placer County Supervisor Rocky Rockholm is doubling up challenger Jack Duran in both campaign fundraising and spending. The two candidates are vying for the lone open seat in the election and one of five on the county Board of Supervisors. Rockholm's latest filing with the county elections division shows him receiving $89,675 over the past two months to Duran’s $43,470. During the same period, Rockholm spent $96,198 to Duran’s $49,330. Just what those figures mean depends on which political campaign you speak to. “I think it reflects the strong level of support out there for Rocky,” said Rockholm spokesman Kent Pollock. Outflanked early on by heavy financial support for Duran by unions, Rockholm supporters were energized to donate after seeing that the campaign was heating up, Pollock said. A spokesman for the Duran campaign said that despite the difference in donations and spending, the challenger’s campaign has drawn thousands of supporters across the political spectrum and 300 individual donors. “(Duran) is the only candidate in this race putting taxpayers ahead of entrenched interests,” said Duran spokesman Todd Stenhouse. Stenhouse added that Duran has built a non-partisan coalition that rejects a “business-as-usual” approach in county government. Rockholm has also received the largest donation of the campaign, from Placer Vineyards Development Group of Newcastle. The Placer Vineyards development proposal received Rockholm’s vote in 2007 for a project that includes 14,000 homes and almost 300 acres of commercial property. Placer Vineyards donated $20,000 to the Rockholm campaign during the filing period. Duran’s largest donation was from the Placer County Democratic Party. The party gave $5,000. Pollock said that the pay-to-play allegation by Stenhouse and the Duran campaign was “ridiculous” and could easily be turned around by saying that unions were donating on the same premise to Duran. “Rocky has been a big supporter of Placer Vineyards,” Pollock said. The reporting period covers March 18 to May 22. After May 22, donations have to be reported on a daily basis as they come in. Rockholm has since reported donations from the Garden Gate Chapter of the Associated Builders, Contractors PAC of Livermore ($1,000) and BCLH-Sunset ($1,000). The Committee to Re-Elect Robert Weygandt for Supervisor ($2,000), the Uhler for Supervisor campaign coffers ($2,000), and Angelo Tsakopoulos Real Estate Investments ($1,200) have also donated. Placer Vineyards Development has increased its donation total too, giving another $10,000 to the Rockholm campaign. The United Auburn Indian Community donated $2,500, to Rockholm’s re-election effort. Duran reported one donation since May 22. The campaign received $2,500 late last week from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447 Federated PAC of Sacramento. The primary election is Tuesday but with only two candidates in the race, the winner will bypass a runoff in November and be sworn in for a four-year term in January. Supervisor Robert Weygandt, who represents the Lincoln area, will return for a four-year term after running unchallenged. ----------------------------------------------- Big money for supes race Here are some of the top donors to the Rockholm-Duran campaigns for Roseville-area Placer County supervisor: Rocky Rockholm $20,000 Placer Vineyards Development Group LLC., Newcastle $10,000 Sacramento Metro Chamber Political Action Committee, Sacramento $5,250 BCLH LLC-Sunset, Del Mar, Calif. $5,000 United Auburn Indian Community, Auburn $5,000 Blue Oaks Roseville LP, Granite Bay Jack Duran $5,000 Placer County Democratic Party $4,000 Operating Engineers Local 34 Political Action Committee, Sacramento $2,500 Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association $2,500 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 447 Political Action Committee $2,500 Tracy Hahn, retired.