Stanislaus County sheriff’s campaign war chest dwarfs challenger’s

05/27/2014 6:53 PM

05/27/2014 10:36 PM

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson has raised about the same amount of money as he did for his first re-election campaign four years ago, but donors this time have been less generous with his opponent.

Christianson had received $139,165 as of May 17, nearly identical to $139,347 in 2010. His challenger that year, Rob Jackson, raised $63,139, while deputy Tom Letras has collected $31,372 in the current campaign, which will conclude with Tuesday’s election.

The sheriff’s figures were reported among others in a Bee roundup article Sunday, but Letras had missed a Thursday deadline at the county clerk-recorder’s office. He filed the required paperwork early Friday afternoon.

Letras, 41, gathered $14,891 in the previous two months, including $1,000 from Turlock farmer Peter Dompe.

In the same period, Christianson, 51, collected $57,833, including:

• $2,500 from Trevor Foster and $2,250 from J&M Wholesale Meat.
• $2,000 donations from Associated Feed of Turlock, Bob Dinsmore, Erik Quising, Guy Miligi, Bravo Ag Group of Selma, John Franzia, Joseph Franzia, Fred Franzia, Cherokee Freight Lines and the Grupe Co.
• $1,500 donations from Thomas Dompe of Crows Landing and the Modesto-based California Poultry Federation.
• $1,000 donations from attorney George Petrulakis, Three Amigos Auto Center, Turlock Transfer Co., Hilmar Poultry Ranch, Carl Boyett, Sean Carroll, Kip Loving and Roger Schrimp.
• $500 and $200, respectively, from the campaigns of county Supervisors Bill O’Brien and Vito Chiesa.

In the past week, the sheriff received $1,000 each from sister companies Modesto & Empire Traction Co. and Beard Land Improvement.

From his campaign fund, Christianson donated $500 to District Attorney Birgit Fladager’s re-election bid. The sheriff also gave $1,500 each to Stanislaus Crime Stoppers and Orville Wright Elementary School, $1,000 to the Stanislaus County Police Activities League, $750 to the Modesto Kiwanis Club and $150 to the North Modesto Kiwanis Club.

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