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  • 1A: 76.9-23.1
    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

    U.S. Sen.
    Feinstein 59.7
    Mountjoy 34.9
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

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    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

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    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
    79: 38.9-61.1
    80: 34.3-65.7

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    Thursday, October 13, 2005

    Spanos gives to Westly

    The following first appeared in Capitol Weekly

    New round in long-time California political feud as wealthy Greek-Americans pick sides

    Alex Spanos, whose contributions to Gov. Schwarzenegger and the governor's initiative committees this year total $2 million, gave $25,000 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly last January. That donation continues a long tradition of Greek-American Spanos bankrolling candidates running against State Treasurer Phil Angelides, a fellow Greek-American who is running for governor.

    In 1998, Spanos was a top-10 contributor to every Republican statewide candidate, donating more than $1 million in all. The biggest chunk of Spanos' giving however, $450,000, went to Curt Pringle, the Republican candidate for state treasurer.

    Pringle's opponent: Phil Angelides.

    Pringle had contemplated running for state controller, but, according to Pringle, Spanos wanted a strong candidate for treasurer.

    "If I do it, I need you to be my campaign chairman and help me raise money," Pringle recalls telling Spanos. "And he did both."

    Jude Barry, Westly's campaign manager, says the Westly camp has not paid any attention to Spanos, but adds that "maybe we can convince him to re-register, to switch sides."

    Barry notes that Spanos has given to other Democrats, including Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, Sen. Mike Machado, D-Linden, and San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. But none of those donations come close to the $25,000 Spanos contributed to Westly--or the millions Spanos has given to Republicans.

    At the time of the Spanos donation, Westly was not a declared candidate for governor. In fact, he was actively campaigning with Schwarzenegger, appearing in ads with the governor to promote Schwarzenegger's deficit-bond proposals, Propositions 57 and 58. Westly even gave Schwarzenegger a $200 box of cigars in 2004, according to records filed with the Fair Political
    Practices Commission.

    Westly and Angelides are the only two declared Democratic candidates for governor, and will face off in a high-cost primary next June. Westly has already raised $11.4 million, the lion's share of which, $10 million, comes from deposits the former eBay executive made into his own campaign account. Angelides has raised more than $14.4 million in his campaign account. The Angelides campaign declined to comment on the past, and possibly future donations by Spanos to Westly.

    Throughout his political career, Angelides himself has received support from a different Greek mega-donor, Angelo Tsakopoulos, who he used to work for. The Sacramento-based developer magnate gave Angelides $1 million in his unsuccessful bid for state treasurer in 1994 and followed that up with $350,000 in 1998 (with the donations divided between Tsakopoulos' personal and corporate giving).

    Tsakopoulos' firm, AKT Development, has donated $500,000 to a campaign committee currently controlled by Angelides, and he, as well as two of his daughters Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis and Katina Tsakopoulos, have each given Angelides gubernatorial campaign $21,200.

    "I haven't seen many donations to Democrats," Pringle says of Spanos. "But maybe in this case he does have a preference for one over the other."

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