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Bill Orton

The Democratic nominee
for California's 67th Assembly District


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July 14, 2002
Bastille Day

Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630

CAMPAIGN CASH: Orton has just enough to practice pastry politics

      (ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- With a state deadline approaching for candidates to reveal their accumulated campaign cash for the first half of 2002, state Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton says his $12,500 allowed him to show up to local events with pink boxes under his arm.

      "If I add up all the deposits in the checkbook, my total is just over $12,500," said Orton. "Of course, I'd like to have raised more so far, but I'm pretty happy with that gross figure. A lot of good people showed faith in me with their modest contribution."

      The actual figure filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) at the end of the month may be slightly different, says Orton, due to how the official reporting forms count contributions, expenses, loans, payments and miscellaneous additions to cash.

      Orton says that the small-but-steady flow of contributions has allowed him to pay for some campaign mail, printing, and the typical expenses.

      But some of the best money spent, says the Democratic candidate, has been paying to attend local events and bringing boxes goodies along.

      "I don't want to be a politician with my hand out all the time," said Orton. "Bringing pastry or cherries or a jar of honey is a way of being thoughtful and helpful."

      One expense that will figure prominently in Orton's official FPPC report will money spent at the Great Dane Baking Company, located at Goldenwest and Warner streets in Huntington Beach.

      "The Great Dane Baking Company makes a mean Kringle," says Orton, who brought pastry to several elementary school PTA fundraisers, to Blessed Sacrament's annual carnival, to the Shipley Nature Center open house, as well as fire houses and police stations.

      As many events taking part on weekends, Orton typically will stop at the bakery the first thing each Saturday, buying as many as eight Danish "kringle" pastries, which can each feed 20-30 people. "Kringle" is the hallmark of Danish bakeries, says Ortom, who once lived outside of Copenhagen.

      An example of the power of pastry diplomacy is Orton's experience at the Stanton Chamber of Commerce Women's Division annual Victorian Tea. Orton -- three Kringle in hand -- turned out to be the only male in a room with 130 tea-party attendees.

      "Thankfully, I had exactly enough to satisfy a room of beautiful ladies," said Orton.

      Appearing on Orton's contributions list will be a $500 donation from Long Beach environmentalist Joan Greenwood; $250 from Dale Geiringer, a lobbyist for the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML); plus donations of $100 or more than over a dozen people.

      Orton is running for the state Assembly district now held by Republican Tom Harman. The 67th state Assembly district covers Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Cypress, La Palma, west Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove and Westminster.

      For more information about Orton's campaign, visit his website at

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      BILL ORTON is the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 67th District, which covers Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster.

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Friends of Bill Orton        85 Riversea Road, Seal Beach, CA 90740        (562) 598-9630
FPPC ID# 1240194