Swearengin mining local sources for controller campaign cash

Posted by John Ellis on April 15, 2014 

Ashley Swearengin

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin continues to mine local sources for her biggest state controller campaign contributions.

On Tuesday, Fresno-based Denken Farms contributed $5,000, a cash infusion that comes on the heels of multiple $6,800 contributions, which is the maximum allowed by state law.

The maximum donations -- all from last week -- came from Robert Berry, CEO of DPS Telecom, a Fresno-based maker of telecommunications-monitoring equipment; Fancher Creek Properties, the company headed by local developers Tom Richards and Ed Kashian; and retired corporate executive Pete Weber.

Also last week, Swearengin got $9,300 combined in three separate contributions from Mid-Valley Disposal and two of its owners.

Earlier this month, she received three $6,800 donations, one each from Charles Munger Jr., a businessman, Republican activist and one of the state's most influential GOP donors; Fresno businessman Richard Spencer; and Wawona Frozen Foods president Bill Smittcamp.

Swearengin's consultant Tim Clark has said the campaign's fundraising goals are $5 million to $10 million.

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