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Campaign contributions mount

The total tab for Nevada County supervisorial races continues to rise, according to campaign finance reports.

District 4 candidates spent a total of $257,189 through Oct. 19, up from $215,571 through Sept. 30, according to campaign finance reports.

The figure for District 4 candidates Rene Antonson, Elizabeth Martin and Robin Sutherland includes both cash spending and nonmonetary contributions to the candidates back to 2001 – listed as total spending for state Fair Political Practices Commission finance reports.



The biggest chunk of nonmonetary contributions were for auction items to raise money. But some candidates accepted donations for basic expenses such as office rent.

Advertising dollars could play a significant role in District 4, a far-flung rural area where it is difficult to campaign door-to-door.




The quarter-million dollar figure was just about twice the amount spent in District 3, in which Drew Bedwell and Bruce Conklin have spent a combined $127,027 in cash and nonmonetary contributions.

Incumbent Martin is the leader in expenditures, with a total of $183,174, including $131,301 in cash.

Incumbent Conklin was next with $79,563. His report did not give a total cash payment figure.

Sutherland has spent a total of $67,585, including $49,205 in cash; Bedwell has spent $47,464, including cash payments of $39,759; and Antonson has spent $6,430, which includes $4,660 in cash.

Major donations helped fuel the spending – for some campaigns.

While the other candidates raised thousands in cash from Oct. 1-19, Antonson’s write-in campaign raised only $50 in total contributions.

Martin received $1,000 contributions each from Paul Cryer, a North San Juan-area contractor; and Kevin Eckard, an Auburn court referee.

Bedwell’s campaign was aided by major donations this month of $1,000 from Sierra Pacific Industries, a Redding timber firm, and $5,000 from the Nevada County Contractors Association Political Action Committee.

Sutherland also received a $5,000 donation from the contractors’ PAC, and $1,500 from SPI this month.

Conklin’s largest contributions this month didn’t hit the thousand-dollar mark.


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