California Credit Unions’ Super-PAC Aids Democrat Aguilar

A trade association for California’s credit unions is funding a super-PAC to aid Democrat Pete Aguilar, a mayor who’s seeking a politically competitive congressional district in the state’s Inland Empire.

The California Credit Union League’s political action committee donated $250,000 on April 27 to the super-PAC, Restoring Our Community, according to a filing yesterday with the Federal Election Commission.

Aguilar, the mayor of Redlands and a former city councilman and gubernatorial aide, “is the best-qualified candidate to help bring jobs and economic development back to the region,” Bob Arnould, the senior vice president of government affairs for the California Credit Union League, said in a telephone interview today.

Aguilar “stands heads and shoulders above the other candidates as far as being rooted in the community and being connected to all of the important players in the community,” including non-profit organizations and the business sector, Arnould said.

Restoring Our Community has spent more than $153,000 to help Aguilar, its FEC filings show. The super-PAC, which formed last month, received $75,000 from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, based in Highland, California. The PAC’s treasurer, Andrea Svoboda, directs political affairs at the California Credit Union League, according to its website.

Aguilar is seeking California’s 31st congressional district along with five other candidates including Republican Representative Gary Miller, who now represents a different district, and Republican state senator Bob Dutton. The top two vote-getters in the all-party, single-ballot election on June 5 will advance to a Nov. 6 election that the Washington-based Cook Political Report considers a tossup. The district includes San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands.

Miller, who’s seeking an eighth term, is getting outside help from the National Association of Realtors. Miller is a former real estate developer.

The California Credit Union League donated $5,000 to Aguilar’s campaign on April 30, the maximum amount that a PAC can give directly for a primary election. A super-PAC may accept unlimited donations to independently support or oppose candidates.

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