James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2010 06:15:08 PM PDT

Both major candidates vying for the 59th District Assembly seat identify themselves as party outsiders, but the latest campaign-finance reports show Republican Tim Donnelly and Democrat Darcel Woods are getting money from typical Republican and Democratic sources.

Between July 1 and Oct. 1, Donnelly, a former Minuteman who has said Republicans and Democrats alike have “sold us out,” took in $3,900 from former Republican lawmaker Jim Brulte, $7,800 in loans from current Republican lawmakers, nearly $2,000 from the 59th District Republican Central Committee and $1,000 from the Los Angeles County Lincoln Club.

In the same period, he received contributions from numerous corporations and political-action committees – $3,900 from tobacco giant Philip Morris, $3,900 from the California Real Estate PAC, $2,000 from Chevron – that contribute to both Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento.

“I have to go fight a fight to represent my district and the people of my district, but I also have to work and get along and get some things accomplished in Sacramento,” Donnelly said Wednesday. “The story should be that I have won over some allies – some business associations and some allies who want to support the fight I’m already fighting.

“And I’ve won support from some of my colleagues. I don’t think that’s something that says I’ve become an insider.”

Woods, meanwhile, who said during a September candidate forum that she had not received contributions from many of the unions that have endorsed her, took in nearly $9,700 from unions between July 1 and Oct. 1. Woods received $7,200 in that period – and $15,000 this year – from the Service Employees International Union’s United Long Term Care Workers Local 6434. Other unions donating to her campaign include the California Teachers Association and the United Transportation Union.

Dermot Givens, Woods’ campaign manager, said unions have accounted for a significant chunk of Woods’ total contributions but that the $28,800 from unions is small compared to their contributions to other campaigns.

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