Munks doesn't campaign, but committee collects donations

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks is not running a visible campaign in the June 3 election -- he has no campaign website, for example -- but a committee is collecting money for his re-election. So far, the "Greg Munks for Sheriff 2014" committee, based in Burlingame, has collected $31,683 from 35 donors.

Of those 35, just five gave less than $1,000. Contributors of $1,000 from the Almanac's circulation area include District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe of Menlo Park, Woodside residents Joel and William Butler of WL Butler Construction in Redwood City, and Atherton resident Mario M. Rosati of the Palo Alto law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Sheriff Greg Munks
On the expense side, the committee made $5,000 in contributions, including $1,000 to Mr. Wagstaffe's re-election campaign, $500 to the campaign of incumbent Coroner Robert Foucrault, and $1,000 to incumbent San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, who represents San Mateo, Belmont and Foster City.

The committee also gave $325 to the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, $1,500 to the San Mateo County Historical Association, and $1,000 to "David Canepa for Supervisor 2016." Mr. Canepa is the mayor of Daly City.

Deputy Juan Lopez, a 26-year veteran in the Sheriff's Office, is running as a write-in candidate to replace his boss. He has not filed a campaign finance report. Those raising and/or spending less than $1,000 are not required to file the report.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Wow, I see the good-old-boy network is alive and well in San Mateo County. Look at those folks donating money to each other's campaigns. How can they be impartial if a situation arises where they need to make an objective ruling? Hope some day the consuming public will wake up and vote these good-old-boys out of office; until then, it's business as usual in San Mateo County. Very sad.

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Posted by Forest dweller
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Hope some day the "public will wake up and vote these good-old-boys out of office; until then, it's business as usual in San Mateo County."

You are so wrong. It isn't a case of the "public waking up", as it is proven that your hyperbolic definition never leads to lasting results. The system has to change.

Until either campaign finance reform or public financing of elections occurs, "it's business as usual".

As an aside, Munks doesn't have a campaign site, he also hasn't had an opponent in the last two elections. That ain't good ol' boy networks; that is a complete lack of interest by anyone in recruiting a candidate.

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Posted by Donny
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

The article didn't say if Monk is putting money into signs, mailers, ads, etc. If he's not, this is mighty suspicious ....

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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Holly L. is a registered user.

Munks won't do interviews because he's terrified that reporters will ask him about Operation Dollhouse. Coward.

Yesterday Juan Lopez, Michael Stogner and Mark de Paula were on a Spanish radio station. Did anyone hear the interview?

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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a registered user.

I think Peter did the right thing.

If Lanza/Fry intended to do an initiative they should have registered to do so.

When Citizens for Fair and Responsible Pension Reform formed to do an initiative we did so as a special purpose committee.

Not as a general purpose one. Kind of truth in advertising. But then again we weren't secretive about what we were about to do. We did not hide the consequences of our initiative.......


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