Sen. Pavley leads in fundraising against GOP contender Todd Zink
Senate Republican leaders are plowing money into the campaign of prosecutor Todd Zink for the 27th Senate District contest, but he continues to significantly trail in fundraising behind Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, according to newly filed finance reports.
In a battleground district that Democrats hope will help them win a two-thirds Senate majority in November, the State Democratic Party and its leaders are countering with help of their own.
Zink, a deputy district attorney from Westlake Village, reported the maximum contributions of $3,900 each from Republican Sens. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar (the minority leader), Tom Harman of Huntington Beach and Tom Berryhill of Modesto, as well as loans for the same amount from Sens. Bill Emmerson of Hemet and Anthony Canella of Ceres.
The money helped Zink raise $76,165 from May 20 to June 30, ending the period with $81,051 in his campaign account. Pavley reported raising $111,416 during the same period, ending the period with $832,887 in the bank.
Donors to Pavley included Democratic Sens. Christine Kehoe of San Diego, Carol Liu of La Canada-Flintridge, former Sen. Sheila Kuehl from Santa Monica and former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp. She also benefited from phone banks operated by the state party, the reports show.
In the 50th Assembly District, Democratic Assemblywoman Betsy Butler of Marina del Rey reported a fundraising lead over fellow Democrat Richard Bloom, the mayor of Santa Monica. Butler reported raising $242,767 during the period, ending up with $155,887 in her campaign account, but with more than $70,000 in unpaid bills. Bloom raised $61,505 and had $33,117 in cash at the end of the period.
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), shown after a 2006 legislative vote, leads in campaign fundraising against Republican opponent Todd Zink. Credit: Los Angeles Times.