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District 5 — U.S. House of Representatives

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About this office

Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people of a specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and are responsible for approving federal taxes.
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Nils Palsson

Democratic
Father, Educator, Grassroots Community...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Getting Money out of Politics. This includes publicly...
  2. Economic Justice for All: Ensuring fair pay for all,...
  3. Environmental Justice and Climate Leadership: Global...
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Alex Poling

Democratic
IT Systems Administrator
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Enforce market regulation to resolve income inequality
  2. Effective and humane immigration reform
  3. Solving the deficit through intelligent budget restructuring
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Mike Thompson

Democratic
Member of Congress
124,634 votes (65.7%)Winning
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Contributions

Total money raised: $2,025,124

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Ernst & Young and employees
$13,000
2
Alston & Bird and employees
$12,500
3
Employees of Trinchero Family Estates
$11,215
4
Wine Institute and employees
$11,000
5
Farm Credit Council
$10,500
5
National Association of Realtors and employees
$10,500

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By State:

California 36.11%
District of Columbia 29.65%
Virginia 8.67%
Maryland 4.30%
Other 21.26%
36.11%29.65%8.67%21.26%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.80%)
Small contributions (5.20%)
94.80%

By Type:

From organizations (66.97%)
From individuals (33.03%)
66.97%33.03%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Candidate Contact Info

Email mjbowker@sbcglobal.net
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Carlos Santamaria

Republican
Business Owner/Consultant
36,430 votes (19.2%)Winning
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Contributions

Total money raised: $2,700

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By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
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Candidate Contact Info

Email csantamaria@cees-advisors.com
Democratic
Community Builder/Educator
23,639 votes (12.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Getting Money out of Politics. This includes publicly funding elections, ending 'Citizens United' and the influence of big money on our political system, and affirming that corporations are not people. Reclaiming our democracy is the first step to ge
  • Economic Justice for All: Ensuring fair pay for all, creating jobs with justice, putting America to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, enacting a national $15 minimum wage, stimulating small businesses and entrepreneurs, re-empowering the
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Leadership: Global warming requires more than just words. We must lead the charge to protect our home planet and the future of our grandchildren. Getting free from fossil fuels requires visionary leadership and bold

Experience

Experience

Profession:Father, Educator, Grassroots Community Organizer
Communications and Special Projects Coordinator, Transition US (2015–current)
Delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, California 5th District Caucus for Bernie Sanders for President — Elected position (2016–current)
Community Organizer, Transition Lake County — Appointed position (2006–current)

Education

California Institute of Integral Studies Master of Fine Arts (in progress), Writing and Consciousness (2015)
Dominican University of California Certificate, Education (High School Teacher Preparation Program) (2013)
New York University Bachelor of Arts, History (2006)
New York University Bachelor of Arts, English (2006)
New York University Certificate, Nongovernmental Organizations (2006)

Community Activities

Producer and Organizer, Hands Around Clear Lake (2011–current)
Host and Producer of 'Wake Up & Thrive', KPFZ 88.1 FM, Lake County Community Radio (2012–2016)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $10,241

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of United States Department of Commerce
$1,000
2
Employees of Benjamin Raff
$300
3
Employees of Melanie Hopkins
$208
4
Employees of Reddan Surveying, Inc.
$200

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By State:

California 71.78%
Washington 23.36%
Tennessee 4.86%
71.78%23.36%

By Size:

Large contributions (71.36%)
Small contributions (28.64%)
71.36%28.64%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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Democratic
Systems Administrator
4,998 votes (2.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enforce market regulation to resolve income inequality
  • Effective and humane immigration reform
  • Solving the deficit through intelligent budget restructuring

Experience

Experience

Profession:IT Systems Administrator
IT Systems Administrator, Xantrion (2015–current)

Education

Michigan State University Bachelor's, Theatre (2013)

Biography

My name is Alexander Cory Douglas Poling (my parents were a bit indecisive in choosing a name).  I am 26 years old and moved here to lovely California after graduating college at Michigan State University.  I currently have my Bachelor’s in Theatre.

I have long been interested in politics probably due to the lively debates my family had around the holidays.  Family gatherings for me were a cornucopia of political opinions (and political temperaments).  These animated discussions instilled in me a deep interest in debate and argument and, honestly, that was how I delved into the field as I came of age.  In high school I found myself drawn to the debates and arguments that delved from conflicting ideologies.  There’s always a wealth of information on both sides of an argument and I love the opportunities politics provides to learn more about how everyone sees the world.

In college I was given the chance the experience what the world has to offer in a educational microcosm.  People came together to study and discuss the workings of the universe, and it was here I was instilled with an empathy I believe guides my hand in pushing forward to be your Representative.

I come to you with a history untarnished by corruptible political influences.  To quote a certain show on Broadway, “I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry.”  I have the energy, the drive and the passion that I believe is necessary when channeling the ideas of the people.  And what’s more, I have an optimism in change.  I truly believe things can work better than they do and I know that with your support we can show the country that there’s something greater waiting for us.

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Political Beliefs

I believe myself to be a progressive.  And by progressive, I mean that I believe it is the purpose of our government to assist the people in driving forward.  We as a country should be continually pushing ourselves to advance, to grow and to be better.  I believe in systems designed to enhance our abilities as a whole, systems that protect and assist as many as they can.

I consider myself on the far left of the spectrum.  And I also consider this a good thing.  Currently, many of the "liberal" members of Congress are actually more centrist with a socially progressive slant.  This prevents meaningful legislation related to the free market from being debated.  The right side of the spectrum in the government is currently controlled by those off in the distance politically, moving farther and farther to the right.  However, those claiming to be on the left are actually not so.  Blue Dog Democrats, "pragmatists" and the new wave of Democrats after their beatings in the 80s have forced them to the center.  And when the far right and the center compromise, legislation ends up in the center right.  It's important that we have more room for negotiation.  We need more room to compromise. Negotiation from the center is negotiating from a place of weakness; there's no room for compromise without giving up our ideals.  They're not reaching across the aisle, they're being pulled.

I strongly believe we need more liberal politicians, not just to even out the voice in Congress but to also bring back the needed debates that craft proper legislation.  And I strongly believe I would be capable of bringing this system back to the idealogical forum for which it was designed.

Candidate Contact Info

Email alexp@polingforcongress.com

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