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Robert Jacob set Sebastopol campaign spending record

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 | Posted by


Vice Mayor Robert Jacob raised and spent a record amount of money in winning his seat on the Sebastopol City Council in November, the costliest campaign in city history.

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Robert Jacob

PD FILE, 2012

Jacob, founder and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Peace In Medicine marijuana dispensary, raised $35,075 and spent $34,559, according to final campaign statements that were turned in Jan. 31.

John Eder, who also was elected, was second to Jacob in campaign spending, raising $10,640 and spending $12,191.

Incumbent Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer, who was not re-elected, raised and spent $11,149.

Candidate Kathy Austin raised $5,820 and spent $5,000. Candidate Colleen Fernald stated she would receive and spend less than $1,000.

Sustainable Sebastopol, which supported Shaffer and Austin, raised $3,686 and spent $3,553.

Responsible Citizens for Sebastopol, which supported Measure Y, the half-cent sales tax, raised and spent $1,550.

  • Ryan

    Yikes, sounds like he outspent the competition. It is interesting that Mr Jacob was perceived to be the ‘progressive candidate’, but this really seems to not be the case. Before Mr Jacob was appointed to the planning-commission his organization Peace In Medicine had procured and planned to open a 2nd location within Sebastopol. After some disagreements with the planning-commission regarding the transfer of this second Use-Permit, the organization abandoned their initial plan and opened at second location in Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa already has 3-4 existing dispensaries serving patient needs). With Mr Jacob on the planning commission, the then city council decided that it was in “Sebastopol’s” best interest to not allow a second medical cannabis facility and or businesss (mainly due to research and documentation provided by PIM to both Sebastopol PD & local government offices regarding ‘rogue facilities operating in Sonoma County’). The local government is helping Mr Jacob perpetrate a monopoly within the small town, probably in hopes that they will receive the same kick backs as former mayor, and PIM friend/colleague/share-holder, Craig Litwin.

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