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Watsonville 2012 Presidential Campaign Donations

What role is the Pajaro Valley playing in the most expensive political race in the nation's history?

The campaigns of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama announced Monday that in June they raised $106 million and $71 million respectively. Those eye-popping sums got us wondering how much money donors from Watsonville have contributed to this year's race for president. According to Open Secrets, a research group tracking political money, residents in the 95076 and 95077 have so far given around $207,892 to candidates and political action committees in the 2012 campaign.

The great majority of Watsonville's contributions have gone to polictical action committees. As far as candidates go, contributors seem equally likely to support local candidates over the presidential race. Below is a list of Watsonville donors who have given directly to candidates and parties in the 2012 election cycle. 

In 2008, Watsonville-area donors contributed $358,308 to the presidential race. Do you plan to write a check for a political candidate between now and November 6? 

Name  Occupation Date of Donation $Amount Recipient REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 4/17/2012 $30,800 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 3/31/2011 $15,000 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte (D) RODGERS, SALLY-CHRISTINE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 3/31/2011 $15,000 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte (D) STEVENSON, NATALIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF 3/31/2011 $7,500 DNC Services Corp (D) DOBLER, FRANCES MRS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 HOMEMAKER 3/7/2012 $2,500 Romney, Mitt (R) EISKAMP, CAROLINE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 9/17/2011 $2,500 Maldonado, Abel (R) FARLEY, ERNIE MR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SUNDANCE BERRY FARMS 12/6/2011 $2,500 Romney, Mitt (R) FOX, ROBERT C MR JR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 FOX FACTORY INC. 9/30/2011 $2,500 Romney, Mitt (R) MONCOVICH, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 CALIFORNIA GIANT 5/2/2011 $2,500 Maldonado, Abel (R) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 4/17/2012 $2,500 Pelosi, Nancy (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 4/17/2012 $2,500 Pelosi, Nancy (D) STEIGMAN, STEVEN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 FINESSE MILLS 3/14/2012 $2,500 Gingrich, Newt (R) STEVENSON, NATALIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 9/17/2011 $2,500 Kaine, Tim (D) STEVENSON, NATALIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 9/17/2011 $2,500 Kaine, Tim (D) STEVENSON, NATALIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 8/26/2011 $2,500 Merkley, Jeff (D) MILES, STEVEN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 1/3/2011 $2,400 Merkley, Jeff (D) STEVENSON, NATALIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 12/12/2011 $2,300 Feinstein, Dianne (D) HUNT, JOHN
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS 6/27/2011 $2,000 McNerney, Jerry (D) MONCOVICH, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 CALIFORNIA GIANT INC./PRODUCE 9/6/2011 $2,000 Monterey County Republican Central Cmte (R) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 4/30/12 $2,000 DNC Services Corp (D) HARGROVE, KAREN A MRS
LASELVA BEACH,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 9/21/11 $1,500 Romney, Mitt (R) HARGROVE, RICK MR
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 9/21/11 $1,500 Romney, Mitt (R) IVANOVICH, LOUIS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST LAKE BROKERS INC. 5/10/2012 $1,500 Maldonado, Abel (R) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 3/28/2012 $1,500 Obama, Barack (D) BAILEY, ROBERT J
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 BAILEY PROPERTIES, INC. 10/1/2011 $1,000 Sherman, Brad (D) COOLEY, DONALD E MR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 10/1/2011 $1,000 Romney, Mitt (R) COOLEY, DONALD E MR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 4/23/2012 $1,000 National Republican Senatorial Cmte (R) CROSETTI, JJ JR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 CROSETTI LANDS, INC. 10/21/2011 $1,000 Farr, Sam (D) HAMDANI, SYED
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 XSTOR SYSTEMS INC. 12/11/2011 $1,000 Khanna, Rohit (D) HARGROVE, KAREN MRS
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 6/30/2011 $1,000 Romney, Mitt (R) HARGROVE, RICK MR
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 6/30/2011 $1,000 Romney, Mitt (R) HENSLER, DEBORAH R
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 STANFORD UNIVERSITY/LAW PROFESSOR 2/27/2011 $1,000 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D) IVANOVICH, LOUIS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST LAKE BROKERS INC. 6/30/2011 $1,000 Maldonado, Abel (R) IVANOVICH, LOUIS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST LAKE BROKERS INC. 5/10/2012 $1,000 Maldonado, Abel (R) KAZEMI, SHAH
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 MONTEREY MUSHROOMS INC. 3/2/2012 $1,000 Obama, Barack (D) MEADE, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SHELTER PLANNERS OF AMERICA 5/25/12 $1,000 Obama, Barack (D) MILLER, KAREN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 7/28/2011 $1,000 Maldonado, Abel (R) MURAI, MARK
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 CAL STRAWBERRY COMMISSION 10/24/2011 $1,000 Farr, Sam (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 12/19/2011 $1,000 Obama, Barack (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE
12/20/2011
$1,000 McNerney, Jerry (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE
3/22/2011
$1,000 McNerney, Jerry (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 3/11/2011 $1,000 DNC Services Corp (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE
1/19/2011
$1,000 DNC Services Corp (D) WARRINER, JOHN S
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 3/11/2011 $1,000 Farr, Sam (D) WARRINER, JOHN S
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 5/3/2012 $1,000 Farr, Sam (D) EASTERLING, LAWRENCE
ROYAL OAKS,CA 95076 AMERICAN PISTACHIO GROWERS/BOARD ME 1/16/2012 $834 Feinstein, Dianne (D) BAUER, JOANNE
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 BANK OF AMERICA 11/30/2011 $500 Obama, Barack (D) BAUER, JOANNE
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 BANK OF AMERICA 3/19/2012 $500 Obama, Barack (D) BROZ, THOMAS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 5/30/2012 $500 Obama, Barack (D) EISKAMP, GEORAGEANN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 COWLES BERRY FARM 9/30/2011 $500 Maldonado, Abel (R) FAGGIOLI, RICHARD
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 SELF 4/9/2012 $500 DNC Services Corp (D) MEADE, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SHELTER PLANNERS OF AMERICA 5/5/2012 $500 Obama, Barack (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 3/28/2012 $500 Obama, Barack (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 12/28/2012 $500 Warren, Elizabeth (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 12/26/2012 $500 Cantwell, Maria (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 4/21/2012 $500 McNerney, Jerry (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 4/21/2012 $500 McNerney, Jerry (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 12/13/2011 $500 Whitehouse, Sheldon (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 12/16/2011 $500 Snowe, Olympia (R) SCURICH, JAMES P
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077
7/27/2011 $500 Maldonado, Abel (R) MEADE, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SHELTER PLANNERS OF AMERICA 5/25/2012 $450 Obama, Barack (D) SUZUKI, SATORU
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 CABRILLO COLLEGE 3/11/2012 $400 Santorum, Rick (R) SOLOMONE, BARBARA JO MRS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 PLANT HORIZONS 12/28/11 $300 Republican National Cmte (R) FRIEND, EUGENE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 3/1/2011
$300 DNC Services Corp (D) HUDSON, HUBERT W
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 11/9/2011 $300 Bono Mack, Mary (R) JOHNSON, SHIRLEY A
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 1/13/2012 $300 Paul, Ron (R) SPROTT, MALCOLM G
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 12/5/2011 $299 Cain, Herman (R) MEADE, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SHELTER PLANNERS OF AMERICA 5/21/2012 $281 Obama, Barack (D) ALEJO, LUIS ANGEL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT/STAF 1/8/2012 $275 Democratic State Central Cmte/California (D) SMITH, STEVEN C
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 3/29/2012 $270 Democratic State Central Cmte/California (D) HARVEY, JANE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRE 9/12/2011 $262 Obama, Barack (D) BAUER, JOANNE
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED
4/23/2012
$250 Obama, Barack (D) BLACKWELL, LORRAINE LAURA
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 BIBLES AT COST
9/4/2011
$250 Paul, Ron (R) CORRELL, DORIS
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED
10/19/2011
$250 Paul, Ron (R) DUKE, RON
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 H. T. HARVEY & ASSOCIATES
3/31/2012
$250 Obama, Barack (D) EISKAMP, GEORGEANN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076
COWLES BERRY FARM, INC. 12/22/2011
$250
Maldonado, Abel (R) EISKAMP, GEORGEANN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 COWLES BERRY FARM, INC. 3/12/2012
$250 Maldonado, Abel (R) EISKAMP, GEORGEANN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 COWLES BERRY FARM, INC. 3/20/2012
$250 Maldonado, Abel (R) ESCOBAR-GREATOREX, MARINA
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 PVUSD
1/22/2012
$250 Obama, Barack (D) FAGGIOLI, RICHARD
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 SELF/FARMING 12/30/2011 $250 DNC Services Corp (D) FAGGIOLI, RICHARD
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 RETIRED 4/19/2011 $250 Republican National Cmte (R) HENSLER, CARL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 9/8/2011 $250 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte (D) HENSLER, CARL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 1/31/2011 $250 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte (D) HENSLER, CARL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 10/13/2011 $250 Obama, Barack (D) HENSLER, CARL P
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SUN MICROSYSTEMS 2/9/2011 $250 DNC Services Corp (D) HENSLER, CARL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 STANFORD UNIVERSITY 7/22/2011 $250 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte (D) HUDSON, HUBERT W
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 8/4/2011 $250 Obama, Barack (D) HUDSON, HUBERT W
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 3/28/2012 $250 Obama, Barack (D) HUDSON, HUBERT W
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 4/13/12 $250 Bono Mack, Mary (R) INTERSIMONE, MARTHA
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 9507HUDSON, HUBERT W
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SANTA CRUZ MONTESSORI 3/31/2012 $250 Obama, Barack (D) KITAYAMA, STUART R
LA SELVA BEACH,CA 95076 KITAYAMA BROTHERS FARM 10/21/2011 $250 Farr, Sam (D) LAYUS, SUSAN
ROYAL OAKS,CA 95076 PG&E 10/19/2011 $250 Paul, Ron (R) LAYUS, SUSAN
ROYAL OAKS,CA 95076 PG&E 9/18/2011 $250 Paul, Ron (R) LAYUS, SUSAN
ROYAL OAKS,CA 95076 PG&E 9/30/2011 $250 Paul, Ron (R) LAYUS, SUSAN
ROYAL OAKS,CA 95076 PG&E 8/21/2011 $250 Paul, Ron (R) MILLER, CLINT
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 RETIRED 12/30/2011 $250 Bono Mack, Mary (R) MILLER, CLINT
WATSONVILLE,CA 95077 RETIRED 3/31/2011 $250 Bono Mack, Mary (R) MORSE, JOHN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 JOHN MUIR CHARTER SCHOOL 10/24/2011 $250 McNerney, Jerry (D) REPASS, RANDY
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 WEST MARINE 5/16/2011 $250 Hochul, Kathleen (D) SINGH, RAJINDER
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED 6/9/2011 $250 Gill, Ricky (R) SMITH, KRISTIN
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 RETIRED 5/22/2012 $250 Obama, Barack (D) VIOLICH, MICHELE CALDWELL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ 9/18/2011 $250 Obama, Barack (D) NEWELL, AMY R
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 UNION ORGANIZER 12/27/2011 $212 Obama, Barack (D) NEWELL, AMY R
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 UNION ORGANIZER 1/26/2012 $212 Obama, Barack (D) BLACKWELL, LORRAINE LAURA
CORRALITOS,CA 95076 BIBLES AT COST 1/22/2012 $201 Paul, Ron (R) EASTMAN, JAMES K
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SELF EMPLOYED CAREGIVER 2/28/2012 $200 Obama, Barack (D) FRYN, PETER
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SYSTEM USA INC. 7/28/2011 $200 Maldonado, Abel (R) GERMAN, JILL E
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 7/28/2011 $200 Maldonado, Abel (R) GIULIANI, CATHIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 3/30/2012 $200 Obama, Barack (D) GIULIANI, CATHIE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 3/20/2012 $200 Obama, Barack (D) HUDSON, HUBERT MR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 4/23/2012 $200 Romney, Mitt (R) KOBOLD, JOHN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 KURZ INSTRUMENTS, INC. 3/6/012 $200 Obama, Barack (D) MEADE, BILL
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 SHELTER PLANNERS OF AMERICA 4/13/2012 $200 Obama, Barack (D) STARBUCK, LAURALEE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 5/21/2012 $200 Obama, Barack (D) STARBUCK, LAURALEE
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 RETIRED 9/22/2011 $200 Obama, Barack (D) MEADE, BILL MR
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 5/23/2012 -$281 Obama, Barack (D) STEIGMAN, STEVEN
WATSONVILLE,CA 95076 5/31/2012 -$2,425 Gingrich, Newt (R) Source: Open Secrets
Jennifer Squires July 13, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I was a little stunned at the amount of money coming out of Watsonville. Anyone else surprised by these figures?
Watzon McWats July 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Yes and no. I'm not really the kind of person that contributes money to political campaigns, but I find the people of Watsonville to be very generous in general.
Quite Big Bill July 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Interesting. Either Watsonville’s local Government is not being tracked, or the City Council and PVUSD politicians didn’t receive any contributions of note? But, I did notice that those whose businesses are still allowed to prosper inside the City Limits seem to donate exclusively to one Party, while others seem more willing to support the other Party.
Steve Bankhead July 14, 2012 at 05:33 AM
It looks like the biggest boosts (total $50,000 plus) went from West Marine owner Randy Repass to President Obama and other Democrats. Wait, that can't be...I thought the yacht club crowd and other one percenters were all docked in the Republican marina.
Jennifer Squires July 14, 2012 at 05:57 AM
This is just the national election money. Local stuff will come in later this year.

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