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Amendment to campaign filing shows additional funds for Bates

on October 10, 2012

A campaign finance amendment filed Tuesday by City Council candidate Nat Bates shows that he has received more than $32,000, far more than the $1,420 he listed in his original campaign disclosure statement on Friday.

Campaign disclosure statements filed by the Chevron-funded committee Moving Forward show Bates also benefited from $90,000 on campaign mailings and billboards spent by the committee on his behalf.

The amended disclosure elevates Bates to second in the list of candidates with the most funds raised for the council election, behind Gary Bell. The amendment also shows that Bates spent close to $6,000, mostly in payments for consultant fees and candidate filing fees.

Councilmember Tom Butt, who missed the Friday deadline, also filed a campaign disclosure statement Tuesday with the city showing that he had received more than $23,000 in contributions. Contacted by phone late Friday, Butt said that he was in Arkansas for a high school reunion over the weekend and was not aware of the deadline. His wife, who serves as treasurer of his campaign, was attending the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

Anthony Green, Eleanor Thompson and Mark Wassberg have not filed with the City Clerk.


  1. Andres Soto on October 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    It could not be more clear! Chevron is carpet bombing Richmond with political spending.

    This is funded by the billions in profits each quarter and the recent gasoline price gouging here in California. Reject Chevron and their surrogates (BAPAC, RichPAC, RPOA, RFA, CCCLC, CCDemCC, etc…) candidates: “The Killer Bs” Bates, Bell and Bea Roberson; Myrick.

    Support a Progressive independent community based City Council: Vote for Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois.

    • New Richmond Voter on October 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hey Andrew, do you know how the gasoline pricing is made up – just so happens that the State of California actually takes more of the revenue per gallon of gas than the Chevron stations. Educate yourself and check this blog out

    • Don Gosney on October 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm


      If the Contra Costa Central Labor Council is the surrogate of Chevron, then why did Edward Martinez and Marilyn Langlois seek so hard for their support and the campaign funding that comes with their endorsement?

      Does that mean that Edward and Marilyn have sold out to Chevron, too?

  2. Mike Meagher on October 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Yes, it’s Citizens United time in Richmond! If you believe profit driven corporations, with unlimited money, are what’s best for democracy, then yes, vote for Bates, Bell, Roberson, and against N & O. If you want a government of, by, and for The People, then vote Butt, Langlois, Martinez, and FOR N & O. It really is that simple.

    • Jeff Ritterman on October 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Its People’s Democracy v. Corporate Domination.
      Let’s beat Big Oil and Big Soda.
      Vote for Marilyn Langlois, Eduardo Martinez and Tom Butt for City Council.
      Vote Yes on N. Less Soda More Sports = Healthy Kids.

  3. Bett on October 14, 2012 at 8:56 am


    Way to go, Jeff! Soda tax will reduce, improve health, increase revenue. Should be a no brainer.

    With respect to Chevron, there should be plenty of facts / evidence to make it clear to citizens what kind of neighbor thy are to the City. Just the fact that they’re putting so much $! Into the political campaign.

    You go!


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