Or it should be, anyway.
But as a recent fundraising letter from the Virginia Bass campaign points out, non-local money is arriving by the sackful to compensate for Bonnie Neely’s inability to raise money from the people she has ostensibly represented for the last 24 years.
The Bass letter states in part:
My opponent has already taken checks from an Orange County developer ($10,000), a California Coastal Commissioner from Menlo Park ($2,000), a contractor from Portland. Oregon ($2,000), a Beverly Hills Realty firm ($2,500), an Orange County public relations firm ($1,000), a hydrologist from Ripon, CA ($1,000), an owner of a bowling alley (Lucky Strike Entertainment) in Los Angeles ($1,000), a personnel firm from Half Moon Bay ($1,000), and a New York talent agent ($2,000).
Why are these people and corporations from out of the area donating to a Humboldt County election? Your guess is as good as mine.
This election is about Humboldt County and will be decided by the voters of the Fourth District, not special interests from around the country.
The latest 460s are now in, and representative democracy fared no better in this cycle. Of the $10,645 in contributions Neely reported to the FPPC, 73 percent came from outside Humboldt County.
Neely’s efforts are starting to look less like a campaign and more like an extraordinarily well financed cry for help.