Since uncorking its massive warchest at the end of September on behalf of 1st Dstrict Supervisor Andrew Do’s re-election effort, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) has spent more than $100,000 on mailers supporting Do, who is seeking his first full-term.
Do was elected to the Board of Supervisors in a high-profile special election in early 2015, besting state Senator Lou Correa. He is being challenged by Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez, who has been buffeted of late by news reports focused on her absenteeism, lucrative penchant for collecting stipends for seconds-long meetings, and calls for increasing her council pay and changing the part-time post into a full-time job with commensurate pay and benefits.
AOCDS independent expenditure efforts have yielded mixed results in past elections. The AOCDS IE effort on behalf of then-Assemblywoman Pat Bates against free-spending Cassie DeYoung was an important factor in Bates’ 2006 victory in the 5th District. The union also succeeded in stopping a Supervisor John Moorlach-driven effort to annex Rossmoor into Los Alamitos.
On the other hand, the heavy AOCDS IE campaign in support of Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu’s 2010 run in the 4th District actually hurt him: the mail was of uneven quality and Shawn Nelson used the sheer volume against Sidhu by labeling him the “union candidate.”
It’s a testament to the dues-harvesting power of AOCSD that even after spending $110,000 in support of Do, the union still has cash-on-hand of $984,679. Keep in mind the next election cycle is two years away.