Joseph Gallo Farms CEO Michael Gallo contributed the maximum amount allowed by federal law to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 political campaign, according to a review of campaign disclosure documents conducted on Thursday by byteclay.com. Records show that Gallo contributed the $2,700 maximum on Oct. 30, 2015.
Lori Gallo, listed in federal documents as an owner of Joseph Gallo Farms, also made a $2,700 contribution to Clinton on the same day, according to the Federal Elections Commission. The Gallos are listed as residents of Atwater, California. Joseph Gallo Farms is one of Livingston’s largest employers.
The Clinton donation is not the only campaign contribution on record for Lori Gallo. Her contributions to federal candidates total $14,850 since 2008. The list of contributions by Michael Gallo go back for several more years. Most of his donations went to Democrats, although he has also contributed to the Republican National Committee ($500 in 2004); and to Republican congressmen Kevin McCarthy ($1,000 in 2013) and Jeff Denham ($2,500 in 2012). Both McCarthy and Denham represent districts in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Total campaign contributions to federal candidates by Michael Gallo total $57,976 since 1997.
Michael Gallo’s father, the late Joseph Gallo, also had a history of making political contributions. His donations were more modest, and were largely centered on San Joaquin Valley legislators.
In presidential races, individuals may contribute up to $2,700 for the entire primary campaign period. After a candidate is nominated at the national convention, an individual may contribute up to another $2,700.
According to the FEC, “a husband and wife each have separate contribution limits, even if only one spouse has an income. For example, a couple may contribute a $5,400 check to a candidate’s primary campaign as long as both sign the check.”