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Following the money

If you’re looking for the big money in California politics, turn away from the 10-23-12webcandidates and look at the independent expenditure campaigns, which operate without contribution limits.

Two years ago, in the general election, labor interests squared off against ag and business in the North Bay’s 2nd Assembly District contest between Michael Allen (labor’s guy) and Marc Levine (ag and biz). Levine prevailed in that contest.

This spring, outside money is being spent in the neighboring 4th Assembly District, which stretches from Davis to Rohnert Park. Labor is supporting Democrat Dan Wolk and opposing Democrat Bill Dodd. Business interests, meanwhile, are spending heavily on behalf of Dodd and against Wolk. They’re among five candidates running for a seat being vacated because of term limits.

A little more than $1 million was spent through Thursday, according to figures compiled at Scott Lay’s aroundthecapitol.com.

– Jim Sweeney





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