Hilary Hodge describes her campaign to unseat District 3 supervisor Dan Miller as a “grass-roots” effort, as befits her image as a progressive.
And the $30,427.68 in cash she raised from August 1 to December 31 is the product of support from the little people. Just ask whoever writes her press releases:
“Unlike some politicians who rely on big-dollar contributions from business interests, the overwhelming majority of Hilary Hodge’s contributions come as relatively small donations from individuals.
“Hilary received support from nearly 300 individuals and small businesses, and the amounts were typically in the $25 to $200 range.”
Well, that depends on how you look at it.
The 40 pages of “individual” contributions detailed in her report–200 entries–show at least 58 people who made multiple contributions, generally contributing 2 to 6 times each. It’s almost as if they were paying on the installment plan.
For example, David Barnett of Grass Valley shows contributions of $25, $10, $25, $35, and $25. Why not just write a check for $120? Then there’s Cathy Knight of Grass Valley, who contributed like clock-work over the period covered by the report: Aug. 31, $100; Sept. 30, $100; Oct. 31, $100; Nov. 30, $100; Dec.. 19, $200, and Dec. 31, $100.
Hodge claims she’s not taking “big-dollar contributions from business interests,” but that depends how you define “big dollar.”
Miller’s two financial reports show a total of $21,577 contributed to his campaign, with the largest donation of $2,000 coming from the Nevada County Contractors’ Association. The association’s members are mom-and-pop outfits, and don’t include the likes of Bechtel Corporation or D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest home builder by revenue.
Contrast that with Hodge’s contributions from Joanne Bodine of Grass Valley ($2,000, $691), Neil Bodine of Grass Valley ($3,000, $70) and the Bodine Group ($1,300.) That adds up to $7,061, or 23 percent of the cash Hodge’s campaign raised.
Those are mighty fertile grass-roots.