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Candidates in California are required to file reports of their campaign
contributions with the CA FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission).
These are available for viewing at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/ ; this is also provided by Sunnyvale at: http://nf4.netfile.com/pub2/Default.aspx?aid=COS .
For example you can view Mayor Spitaleri's filings for his 2009 run at:
Councilman Meyerings filings are available at:
Good luck trying to find
what you are after. For the Sunnyvale site some of the filings can be
viewed only by going into the office to view them in person. The
filings available online or in the office are simply scans of the paper
filings or the electronic equivalent. These have to be looked at
individually. Try looking at one to see how hard it is to figure out
who got what from whom over the course of the election. It is doable
but it requires a certain amount of dedication. It has been suggested
that the information could be assembled by the state into an online
database but this has been resisted so no laws have been passed or
funding provided to do it.
Fortunately for Sunnyvale, there is an online summary provided for each politician. It is here:
Pat Meyering: http://specialinterestwatch.org/Pat%20Meyering.aspx
Tony Spitaleri: http://specialinterestwatch.org/Tony%20Spitaleri.aspx
(losing) opponents' filings used to be available there as well but I
get "404" now when I try to access some of them, like Bo Chang's, though
I recall it was considerably more than Pat Meyering's - like 5-7 times
This site also has lists filings of independent
organizations which support a candidate or oppose a particular
candidate. SUNPac is the (in)famous one that was specifically created
to support more high density construction and commercial development of Sunnyvale.