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September 27, 2011
Firefighters union gives big to Mayor Johnson campaign

Mayor Kevin Johnson's re-election bid got an early financial boost from an old friend.

The city's firefighter union cut a check for $10,100 to the Johnson campaign, said campaign spokesman Steve Maviglio.

Local 522's support of the mayor isn't surprising. The public safety unions have been the mayor's most loyal allies in his first three years in office.

"During the past three years, the mayor has demonstrated that he believes public safety should be the core function of city government, and he will continue to make sure the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our families continue to have the resources they need to protect our community," Maviglio said.

Todd Filbrun, a spokesman for the union, said, "Mayor Johnson has been a strong supporter of public safety to this point, which prompted this action by Sacramento Area Firefighters."

Johnson has raised roughly $50,000 this year, but has more than $578,000 in debt left over from his 2008 campaign, most of it in personal loans he made to his own campaign.

Meanwhile, Johnson is scheduled to hold a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of developer John Saca.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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