Monning trounces Kain in fundraising for 17th District senate seat

State Senate incumbent Bill Monning.
State Senate incumbent Bill Monning. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Running in a heavily Democratic district as the incumbent, 17th District state senate candidate Bill Monning has far outpaced Republican challenger Palmer Kain in raising money for his campaign in the June 7 primary election.

Since January 2015, Monning, of Carmel, has raised $316,670, compared with the $7,491 that Kain, of Aptos, has accumulated over the same time period.

Monning officially announced his intent to run for re-election on Dec. 1 and has since raised $132,449, including a contribution of $8,500 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees given two days after his press conference.

Kain’s first contribution of $586 on April 11, 2015, came from the California Trailblazers, a Republican group that recruits party candidates to run for the state Legislature.

The latest filing period — which tallied contributions and expenditures from Jan. 1 to April 23 — shows $146,270 left in Monning’s reserves, while Kain has a cash balance of $405.

In the latest filing, contributions to Monning’s campaign came from a range of industry groups, including another $8,500 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; $4,200 from the California Teachers Association; $3,000 from Wonderful Orchards LLC; and $2,000 from Time Warner Cable.

During the latest filing period, Monning’s expenditures included more than $20,000 to Connie Emerson campaign consultants, another $20,000 for campaign consulting services by the San Francisco-based campaign firm Terris Barnes & Walters, and more than $10,000 for the campaign consulting services of Bruce Van Allen. Monning spent $6,400 for a March 18 event at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey and donated $500 each to the California Democratic Party, San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party and the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party.

Kain received $2,000 from wealthy Palo Alto-based physicist Charles Munger, a frequent GOP donor, and $1,000 from Corralitos resident John Locatelli of Locatelli Properties II. Kain spent $488.50 for Daizy & Associates campaign consulting.

The 17th District covers all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties, as well as parts of Monterey and Santa Clara counties. In 2012, Monning won 63 percent of the vote in the general election, beating Republican Larry Beaman.