The chart below shows all Special Interest Big Labor groups and Casinos that have made sizable contributions to the Karen Mitchoff campaign for the 4th District Contra Costa County Supervisor seat. As of May 22, 2010, the date of the last Campaign Statement filing, Special Interest Labor Groups and Casinos had contributed just under $40,000 of Mitchoff’s $75,000 of total contributions.
Over 52% of Karen Mitchoff’s contributions were received from Labor Union groups that stand to recover a benefit from the election of their candidate to the Board of Supervisors for Contra Costa County. Of the total, $39,700 received from Unions and Casinos, over $22,000 came in the form of gifts from Construction Trades unions.
No doubt, these hefty contributions are in tacit exchange for her continued support of the Union monopoly Project Labor Agreement that the County continues to use to ensure that only Union workers are allowed to work on County funded construction projects.
In addition to the Construction Unions, most of the remaining campaign cash came from the County Employee unions like the Public Employees Unions Local #1, the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association, and the United Professional Firefighters-IAFF Local 1230. These unions of course stand to gain pockets full of money with a candidate that will continue to support their hefty pension schemes, early retirement programs, bountiful benefit plans and enormous salaries, in a time when the non-government sectors are cutting all of the above for the less fortunate who work in the private sector.
Karen Mitchoff has based her campaign on the slogan, “No More Business as Usual”. Really? Can she really say that with a straight face to the public and then take that much money from Special Interests?
Mike McGill, Mitchoff’s opponent in the race for, has not taken any contributions from unions. Mike stands for reforming County government and releasing the unions from their stronghold on our government that is bankrupting Contra Costa County. He is a Policy Nerd, a numbers guy, or whatever else you want to call a very intelligent man who can break the “Business as Usual” in our county.