Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 stood behind former WGA West President Patric Verrone when he led the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike, and it’s supporting him again in his run for the California Legislature. Verrone’s latest campaign finance report shows that Local 399 has contributed $1,000 to his bid for the 26th Senate District seat and that Steve Dayan, head of the Teamsters local, has contributed another $500. But with only one week to go before the June 2 primary, Verrone still trails five of his seven Democratic rivals by large margins in both campaign contributions and spending.
Verrone’s single largest campaign contributor is Verrone himself. According to reports filed with California’s Secretary of State, he recently loaned his campaign $50,000. His next largest contribution came from the California Nurses Association Political Action Committee, which contributed $8,200. Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, where Verrone was a writer, and Sam Simon, creator of Futurama, where Verrone won two Emmys and a WGA Award, each recently contributed $4,100, the maximum allowable for individuals.
Verrone, who remains a member of the WGA’s board of directors, is one of organized labor’s favorites in the 26th District Senate race. He has received campaign contributions from more than 150 writers; from all but one of the WGA West’s current elected officials (board member Karen Harris is the only holdout); and from many of the guild’s staff, including executive director David Young, who ponied up $4,100.