Mader Still Well Ahead in Funding for Superior Court Race, Campaign Reports Show
By a staff writer
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Katherine Mader has a substantial balance in her Superior Court campaign account, while one of her two opponents has spent everything he's raised, campaign reports show.
Mader, who loaned her campaign $100,000 last month, reported raising nothing in the first three weeks of January. But she spent only $7,000 in the same period, mostly for slate mailers, leaving her with $93,000 on hand.
At the other extreme was Superior Court Commissioner Douglas Carnahan, who spent all of the $40,000 he raised last year—about $11,000 of that in the form of personal loans. Carnahan reported raising less than $6,000 in the first reporting period of 2000 and spending all of it, the bulk of the money going to his consulting firm, Cerrell Associates Inc.
Carnahan's money came mostly from judges and lawyers in the South Bay. He was a South Bay Municipal Court commissioner before unification and sits in Torrance.
His contributors this period included Court of Appeal Justice Norman L. Epstein and Los Angeles Superior Court Judges William R. Hollingsworth and Andrew C. Kauffman.
The third candidate, Superior Court Referee Jeffrey Marckese, reported raising $6,400 and spending less than $400, doubling his cash on hand to $12,000 in the three weeks. His largest contributor was Warner Bros. executive Michael A. Tillman, who gave $500.
Reports covering the period Jan. 1 through Jan. 22 were due last Thursday, but reports mailed to the registrar's office by the deadline are considered timely.
In the eight Municipal Court contests, only 5 of the 22 candidates—Superior Court Commissioners Deborah Christian and John Ladner, attorneys Llewellyn Chin and Mitchell Dawson, and Judge Richard Rico, had reports on file. Among the five, Christian showed the most activity, lending her campaign over $28,000, raising another $1,000, and spending nearly $18,000.
Of the remaining 17 candidates, three previously filed short forms and are not required to file reports unless they raise or spend at least $1,000.
Copyright Metropolitan News Company, 2000