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October 6, 2002
(ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- With just a month to go before the November 5th statewide election, Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) has a few things that are rare for Democratic legislative candidates in Orange County.
Money. Outgoing mail. And a smile.
"I'm still on message, in the black and smiling," said Orton, whose financial report showed $2,200 cash on hand as of September 30th.
Orton raised $5,000 and spent around $3,000 in the last three months, including on roughly 10,000 postage stamps for mail that is set to go out in the coming days.
Boosting Orton's numbers are contributions from organized labor ($2,000) and the Democratic party ($1,500), which are giving a rare shot in the arm for a candidate who still shows spunk despite an admittedly uphill race.
"Bill Orton is going somewhere in politics and we wanted to be on board from day one," said Terry Martin, business agent and PAC chair for the United Association of Pipe, Steam and Refrigeration fitters Local 250.
Orton also received $250 from Dale Greinger, the lobbyist in California for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Orton publicly advocates "normalizing" pot laws, to give marijuana exactly the same status as alcohol.
The conservative Democrat -- he's pro-2nd Amendment and pro-capital punishment -- is still smiling, because his tight-fisted spending means that his $2,200 cash on hand (and everything he raises) will go straight into postage, which will be his only major expense for mail.
"My goal is to send out tens of thousands of pieces of mail in the coming month to voters across the district," said Orton, who has written political mail just like this for a slew of other candidates over the past ten years.
His task is made easier by printing that is coming from a local labor union.
As the AFL-CIO's "COPE" endorsed candidate, Orton can call upon local labor to assist him with volunteer work, phone banks, printing and other essential campaign services.
Orton was recently featured in a lengthy front-page feature article that appeared in the October 2 editions of the Cypress Event, OC News and Buena Park Independent newspapers.
The pieces reached readers in six of the 10 cities of the Assembly district and is the 50th press clip for Orton during the campaign.
"It'll be a hard, tough final month, but I'm pouring everything I can into this finish," said Orton. "And who knows..., maybe we'll just pull off a miracle."
For more information, write an email message directly to Bill.