Steinberg moves $1.4 million into Sacramento mayoral account

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:14 PM

A transfer of $1.411.043.14 from Steinberg’s statewide account to his Steinberg for Mayor two thousand sixteen account appeared on campaign documents filed latest week with the Secretary of State.

Steinberg moves $1.4 million into Sacramento mayoral account

Sacramento mayoral candidate Darrell Steinberg has transferred more than $1.4 million into his mayoral campaign account from a statewide committee he established for a potential Lt governor run.

A transfer of $1.411.043.14 from Steinberg’s statewide account to his Steinberg for Mayor two thousand sixteen account appeared on campaign documents filed latest week with the Secretary of State. Steinberg, the former state Senate president, has raised an extra 7.000 for his mayoral race since last fall.

An itemized list of the contributions that create up the $1.411.043.14 hasn't been made public yet. City Receptionist Shirley Concolino said her office will see over the contributions to ensure they abide by with the city’s individual contribution limits.

“Like everything Darrell does, his campaign finance disclosures are done fully, ethically, and transparently,” Steinberg campaign spokesman Jason Kinney said. “This is no different.”

Steinberg’s chief rival in the June primary – Councilwoman Angelique Ashby – has raised roughly $235.000, the latest filings with the city of Sacramento show.

“This is Steinberg opening up the Hoover Dam to water the petunias in his backyard,” Ashby political strategist Josh Pulliam said. “In doing so, he's obliterating decades of excellent government reforms and longstanding policy adopted by the City to ensure objective and open elections in Sacramento.”

Latest week, Ashby’s campaign sent a letter to City Attorney James Sanchez stating that in what he can transfer from his Lt Gov account. In a letter signed by two Ashby supporters, the campaign cited a provision in the city election code that restricts how much candidates for mayor can lift during what're called “off-election years” – those years when elections aren't held. A portion of the code says mayoral candidates can lift up to $55.000 in those years.

Steinberg raised money for the Lt governor’s account in three years, and Ashby’s campaign said he should therefore only be able to utilize 5.000 from the account.

Sanchez said latest week the code cited in the Ashby campaign letter doesn't apply because the city contribution date for Steinberg’s transfer is whenever he moves the money from his statewide account into his city account, not when he initially collected the donations. Steinberg’s city contribution date in this instance came latest week below Sanchez’s interpretation and doesn't face the $55.000 limit because it's an election year.

Sanchez formally confirmed his opinion in a letter on Friday.

Sanchez wrote that campaigns emotional money from state office accounts should adhere to individual contribution limits, should space those dollars in a new account established for the city race and list the contributions in the order they were received.

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