The three major candidates for district attorney submitted their early 2011 fundraising numbers Monday, and while all raised significant amounts, expenditures left incumbent George Gascón with far less available cash than his competitors.
Factoring in campaign debts and challenger David Onek’s earlier fundraising, he and fellow candidate Sharmin Bock each now have slightly more than $150,000 on hand, compared to about $77,000 for Gascón.
"I think it’s a race," said political consultant Jim Ross, who is not affiliated with any of the campaigns. "Many people thought this was going to be Gascón in a cakewalk, and what you’re seeing now is a situation where he can be outspent by his opponents by two to one."
Fundraising totals from Jan. 1 through June 30 show Gascón raised $234,486, Bock $240,337 and Onek $126,386. Yet Onek, who began fundraising last year, said he’s raised about $284,000 total.
Gascón spokeswoman Maggie Muir said the campaign is pleased with its progress and plans significant future fundraisers.
"There’s no concern at all," Muir said. "Unfortunately, campaigns take a fair amount of money to run."
Bock, an Alameda County prosecutor, netted donations from Ann and Gordon Getty, philanthropist and heir to the Getty oil fortune; and Susie Tompkins Buell, a major Democratic fundraiser and supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Bock, who immigrated to the United States from Iran at age 4 with her family, also received significant support from the local Iranian community.
Onek, a former police commissioner and founder of UC Berkeley’s Center for Criminal Justice, received donations from several current and former police officials, including many who worked under Gascón as police chief. Other supporters included Aaron Peskin, local Democratic Party chairman and a former supervisor, current Supervisor John Avalos, who’s a mayoral candidate, and former gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides.
"He’s kind of staking out that territory as the most progressive person in the race," Ross said of Onek, noting support from the more left-leaning politicos along with those interested in reform of the Police Department.
Onek, who is married to the daughter of former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and who moved to The City from Washington, D.C., 20 years ago, also received a slew of donations from East Coast residents.
Gascón donors included former Secretary of State George Shultz, former 49ers executive Carmen Policy, philanthropist Walter Haas, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, former City Attorney Louise Renne and Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jim Lazarus.