Judge Buchwald leads opponent in fundraising

Daily Post Staff Writer

Incumbent San Mateo County Judge Gerald Buchwald’s war chest is four times bigger than his June 5 primary challenger, lawyer Richard Wilson, according to finance filings for both campaigns.

Buchwald has $58,582 in his fund, $33,066 of which he loaned to himself.

His donors include Redwood City law firm Carr, Yeley and Associates ($1,000), the California Judges Association’s political action committee ($6,500), Burlingame mediator William Nagle ($1,000), San Carlos law firm Hayes, Scott, Bonino, Ellingson, Guslani, Simonson and Clause ($1,000), South San Francisco lawyer Thomas Saberi ($1,500) and San Francisco attorney James Lassart.

Wilson’s entire $14,000 war chest has been self-funded. He told the Post last month that he was focused on getting the word out about his campaign rather than collecting money. He said he wants to avoid potential conflicts of interest by not taking money from lawyers, whose cases he may have to judge.

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  1. Given that Buchwald has distributed collection envelopes all over the county, suggesting people contribute $2500 to his campaign despite journalists incorrectly claiming he is self-funded, his leading in fundraising is not surprising. Does no one care about the ethical concerns of a sitting judge collecting $ from the very people who he might see in his courtroom? The fact Wilson is self-funded, that he does not have a professional fundraiser, and is constantly out meeting the voters made me vote for Richard Wilson.

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