Attorney and first-time candidate Ashleigh Aitken of reports raising $183,527 for her campaign for mayor of Anaheim. The liberal Democrat from Anaheim Hills raised it less than a month – a prodigious fundraising feat. Her expenditures were minimal, leaving her with $181,000 cash-on-hand.
Aitken is of-counsel with her family firm, the powerful litigation outfit of Aitken Aitken and Cohn, and a recent past president of the Orange County Bar Association. Candidates tend to raise money from communities where they have ties, so it’s no surprise the vast majority of the donations came from the legal community.
Her own family members donated a total of $8400, and the Orange County Employees Association – which represents Anaheim’s municipal employees – gave the maximum $2,000. Former Representative Loretta Sanchez contributed $1,000 (Aitken pater familias Wylie played a critical role in Sanchez’ victorious 1996 underdog campaign for Congress).
Al Jabbar, the charter school foe and leftist president of the Anaheim Union High School District, chipped in $100.
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While this isn’t the biggest campaign fundraising debut for an Anaheim candidate – Curt Pringle showed north of $300,000 in his initial mayoral campaign report — it confirms the conventional wisdom that Aitken will have no trouble raising sufficient funds to wage an aggressive campaign in the mail, on cable TV and on the ground.
The only other announced mayoral candidate is Republican businessman and former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu.