State

Schubert tops $660,000; Krell gets $34,000 from Sean Parker

Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert built on her financial lead in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race by more than doubling her money in the most recent fundraising reporting period.

Schubert’s $354,646.53 collected between March 18 and May 17 brings her total for the campaign to $666,400.86.

“I’m going to do whatever I need to do to raise the money to make sure Sacramento has the most experienced and qualified district attorney as its leader,” Schubert said Friday.

State Deputy Attorney General Maggy Krell raised $176,829 in the two-month reporting period, and she came through with an even more recent $34,000 contribution, reported Thursday, from Napster founder Sean Parker.

The third candidate in the race, Todd Leras, raised $2,154 to bring his total for the campaign to $33,010.

“We’re running a true grass-roots campaign because the political insiders have boxed me out,” Leras said.

Of Schubert’s money, $100,000 came in a loan from Michael S. Tsuchida. Schubert identified Tsuchida as “a retired sheriff’s lieutenant who feels very strongly that I’m the right person for this position.”

Schubert also benefited from a $40,770.99 independent expenditure by the Sacramento County Attorneys Association. The labor group that represents deputy district attorneys and assistant public defenders has now given or spent more than $90,000 on Schubert’s behalf. The expenditure went to pay for radio advertisements.

The endorsed candidate of outgoing 20-year District Attorney Jan Scully, Schubert also received a $10,000 contribution from Charles T. Munger Jr. of Palo Alto. The Stanford physicist is the third-leading political donor in the state, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch. He contributed more than $14 million, mostly to Republican candidates, and other causes such as redistricting, from 2001 to 2011, according to California Watch.

Krell’s haul raised her overall total $463,271.60.

“When we started this race, most people didn’t give her a snowball’s chance,” Krell campaign manager Andrew Acosta said. “She’s absolutely proven she can be competitive, and people have invested in this race because they want to see change.”

Parker could not be reached for comment Friday, and the Krell campaign declined to discuss his contribution. Along with creating the Napster music-sharing website, he was Facebook’s first president. He came under criticism last year for his Big Sur wedding on which he spent $4.5 million, including on construction activity in violation of California Coastal Commission regulations. The guests at his wedding included state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Krell also enjoyed a boost from an independent expenditure committee called Friends of Maggy Krell for District Attorney 2014, with prominent Sacramento attorney Tina Thomas listed as its treasurer.

The $50,000 raised by the committee came in $25,000 contributions from Stephen Silberstein of Belevedere and M. Quinn Delaney of Oakland.

Silberstein ranked No. 44 on the California Watch list of the biggest political donors, having spent $1.335 million over the 10-year period. He owns his own software company and has been active on public library and UC Berkeley foundations. He has contributed heavily to the California Democratic Party.

Delaney is on the board of the ACLU of Northern California and is the founder and president of Akonadi Foundation in Oakland, which, according to its website, “has been working to support and nurture a racial justice movement that can finally put an end to structural racism at the heart of social inequity in the United States.”

Krell received an additional $15,000 contribution from investment adviser and health care magnate Daniel D. Crowley “and affiliated entities,” bringing their total to $45,000 for the campaign.

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