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SAN JOSE � With the campaign season heating up, Santa Clara County defense attorneys and prosecutors have continued to pour thousands of dollars into the coffers of each of the four candidates running for district attorney. Although all four candidates received substantial support from county attorneys, each candidate’s finance statements reflect vastly different support networks. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Dolores Carr nabbed the most contributions during the July 1 to Dec. 31, 2005, filing period, securing $134,206 since she announced her candidacy in August, according to finance statements released by the county’s elections office. She loaned herself $10,000 and has spent $87,786, which includes $28,169 in unpaid bills. Deputy DA James Shore followed Carr in the filing period’s fundraising efforts, raising $111,315 since jumping in the race in October. He’s spent about $6,500 so far. Chief Assistant DA Karyn Sinunu raised $76,138 between July and December, adding to her initial $100,996 in contributions from the Jan. 1 to June 30, 2005, filing period. She officially announced her candidacy in May. So far, she has lent her campaign $15,050. Assistant DA Marc Buller raised $24,889 during the current filing period, adding to the $21,150 he raised in the first half of 2005. He has spent $15,000 in this campaign so far. Carr, who took a leave of absence from the bench in August to join the race, received nearly $5,000 in judicial contributions and nearly $7,000 from officers with the San Jose Police Department, where her husband works as a lieutenant. Carr also secured the support of Public Defender Mary Greenwood and County Counsel Ann Ravel, and received key donations from some of the biggest names in the South Bay legal community, including Ruby & Schofield partner Allen Ruby, McManis Faulkner & Morgan partner James McManis and San Jose solo practitioner Kenneth Robinson. “The concern was that I didn’t have a machine behind me � [but] I thought we did really exceptionally well,” Carr said Wednesday. “I was pleased with the support I got from the bench.”
Show me the money

How candidates in the Santa Clara County DA’s race fared in campaign contributions from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2005.

Marc Buller

County attorneys: $3,500 Judges: $0 Law enforcement: $1,100 Total donations: $24,889 Karyn Sinunu County attorneys: $6,950 Judges: $500 Law enforcement: $1,500 Total donations: $76,138 James Shore County attorneys: $4,500 Judges: $0 Law enforcement: $1,250 Total donations: $111,315 Dolores Carr County attorneys: $9,000 Judges: $4,950 Law enforcement: $6,620 Total donations: $134,206 Source: Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

Shore received the majority of his support from local businesses, including real estate firms Alain Pinel, Brandenberg Properties and Demmon Partners. Shore, the former president for the Government Attorneys Association, didn’t receive any money from jurists, but did snag $1,250 from police officers. Shore said he is “very happy” with the money he’s raised so far and is “looking forward to a vigorous campaign.” Sinunu, who has the backing of retiring DA George Kennedy, has spent about $25,000 so far and says she is “right on schedule” with her campaign. “My money has been very strong,” Sinunu said. “I’m doing great, especially since I’m working full time.” More than two dozen deputy DAs wrote checks to Sinunu during the early months of her campaign. And she continues to receive a broad range of support from within the office. Kennedy and his wife, Janet, a probation officer for Santa Cruz County, each wrote Sinunu a $500 check earlier on. Sinunu bagged $500 in judge donations and received $1,500 from police officers during this time period. The majority of Buller’s contributions this filing period came mainly from the education field. Asked if he still considers himself a viable candidate, Buller didn’t hesitate: “Of course,” he said. “If I am at $80,000 in April, then you can question my viability.” He said he is expecting to raise a slew of cash before the next filing deadline in that month. “We are game-planning as best we can,” Buller said. Spending is capped at $500,000. The primary election is set for June 6.

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