Parkinson leads in raising campaign funds

The two candidates for county sheriff had collected nearly the same amount of money as of Sept. 30, the close of the previous campaign contribution report-filing period, but as of Friday, Ian Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo police captain, had collected far more.

The gap between Parkinson and former Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez was less than $2,000 but is now more than $36,250. Papers filed the first week of October showed Parkinson had received $127,104 to Cortez’ $125,394.

From Oct. 1 to 16, Parkinson raised $9,143 in cash, plus an additional $16,264 in nonmonetary contributions, which include goods and services, for a total of $152,511. That makes a total of $26,745 in nonmonetary contributions since the beginning of the year. Parkinson loaned himself $9,000 last June.

Cortez raised $8,394 from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16 in cash, and $120 in nonmonetary contributions, for a total of $133,908 on the year, including $20,000 in loans to his own campaign and $21,147 in nonmonetary contributions.

Since the close of the final mandatory reporting period before the election, Parkinson’s campaign has filed two additional reports for a total of $17,647 in cash contributions received after Oct. 16, raising the total of his reported contributions to $170,158.

The two reports, filed Oct. 20 and Tuesday, show contributions of $12,147 from Parkinson’s parents, Brad and Virginia Parkinson of San Luis Obispo; $3,000 from Parkinson; and $2,500 from Angello’s ATV of Oceano.

Contributions of $1,000 or more received Oct. 17 and later must be reported within 24 hours. There was no such filing by the Cortez campaign at the county clerk’s office as of Friday morning.

Through Oct. 16, the reports say, Cortez had spent $127,061; Parkinson had spent $147,804.

Cortez’s contributors during the two-week time period include: CDF Firefighters small contributor political action committee, $1,000; J.D. Johnson of J. Johnson Law Firm in Grover Beach, $180 ($1,180 year to date); and retired banker Carrol Pruett, $180 ($1,570 year to date).

Parkinson’s contributors include: San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deb Linden and James Turner, $100 ($200 to date); the Peace Officer Research Association’s small contributor committee, $700; and Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn, $500. Parkinson’s parents have also contributed $19,365 this year toward his campaign, including the most recent reported donations.

At the close of the Oct. 16 filing period, Cortez had $23,513 in cash on hand; Parkinson had $4,396.