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Firefighters Union Political Committee Starts Election Year With Just over $28,000

The Alameda firefighters union political action committee starts the year with just over $28,000 in the bank. (File Photo)

The Alameda firefighters union political action committee starts the year with just over $28,000 in the bank. (File Photo)

The end of January was the filing deadline for second-half 2015 campaign statements. The Alameda firefighters union, a dominant force in local politics for several years now, heads into an election year with $28,647 in the bank.

Campaign statements on file with the city clerk’s office indicate the source of contributions for the year was union members, that is, local firefighters.

In December, the committee spent just shy of $300 for food and drinks for Councilmember Jim Oddie’s, “Jim Oddie for City Council 2018” committee.

Councilmember Jim Oddie reported $5,382 in the bank for his 2018 re-election committee, of which, $250 came from Joe Ernst, a local real estate developer, in the latter six months of 2015.

Oddie’s reported amount of $270.05 from the firefighters union for the December event appears slightly off from the firefighter’s reported figure of $296.10.

The Alameda Police Officers Association, which also shares the Clement Avenue address, spent $250 for food and beverage for Oddie’s December event.

In the second half of last year, the firefighters spent $6,000 with Ben Kim, for campaign consultation services; Kim’s reported address on filings is the same Clement Avenue address reported for the firefighters union committee.

The closely affiliated Alameda teachers union, which also reports the same Clement Avenue address, reports $1,734 in its account.

Last year, former Councilmember Stewart Chen loaned $2,850 to his committee, “Stewart Chen for City Council 2016.” In November last year, he made a $528 civic donation to Family Bridges of Oakland.

Chen’s filing summary statement reports some $3,767 in total expenditures for 2015, of which $2,187 was paid to the city clerk of Alameda for a candidate’s ballot statment. Chen has $421 in the bank.

One-time Alameda mayor Marie Gilmore filed statements for her committee, “Gilmore for Mayor 2018.” Gilmore heads into 2016 with $7,894 in the bank. Her expenditures of $1,438 in the second half of 2015 were dominated by payments for professional services to Deane & Company of Sacramento.

Both Chen and Gilmore have been endorsed and supported by the firefighters union in the past.

Addendum: This story has been updated since first published to include information from Jim Oddie’s campaign statement.

1 comment to Firefighters Union Political Committee Starts Election Year With Just over $28,000

  • Mike Kelly

    in your second paragraph, you describe the members of L689, as “local firefighters”. Please remember that less than 20 of the over 100 Fire Department employees actually reside in Alameda, so don’t pay taxes, vote, go to church, have children in school, or are “local” in any way, yet determine our politics.

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