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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Insurance CommissionerState of CaliforniaJune 5, 2018California Primary Election

June 5, 2018California Primary Election

State of CaliforniaInsurance Commissioner

About this office

Insurance overseer: Manages the state Department of Insurance. Enforces laws that insurance companies must follow.

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Democratic
Physician, Internal Medicine
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  • Healthcare for All, not Healthcare for Most
  • Disaster Prevention and Protection
  • Root Out and Prosecute Fraud, Integrate Insurance and Innovation
Profession:Physician, Internal Medicine

Dr. Asif Mahmood was raised in a small crowded home at the edge of Kharian, a village in rural Pakistan. Because his elementary school could not afford chairs or desks, most of his classes took place outside on the grass under the trees.

Asif’s father’s dream was to become a doctor, but he was forced to leave school and support his family at a young age. Instead, his dad passed that dream onto his son. Asif worked hard in school and became the first student from his village to score high enough on exams to attend medical school.

After receiving his medical degree from one of Pakistan’s top medical schools in 1987, now Dr. Mahmood, came to the United States in 1991 and chose to complete his medical residency at the University of Kentucky. In Lexington, he married his wife, Noshaba, in a traditional Pakistani wedding surrounded by their Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu friends. In 2000, he moved with his family to California, where he has practiced medicine ever since. Dr. Mahmood is a pulmonologist and doctor of internal medicine, practicing at a number of hospitals in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Mahmood has based his life’s work on a single principal taught to him by his parents: that helping others is our highest calling.

He has personally treated thousands of under-privileged patients in the last seventeen years: patients in the ER, critical care, inpatients, and as they leave the hospital. He knows their struggles – ranging from insurance coverage issues, prescription drug issues, in and out of network issues, follow up issues, and support beyond medical care. Dr. Mahmood has made it a rule in his hospital practice — if a patient doesn’t have insurance, his office won’t ask for payment.

Dr. Mahmood resides with his wife and three teenage children in the Los Angeles area. He has played leading roles in philanthropic efforts for non-profit organizations such as UNICEF and East Los Angeles College. He also volunteers at a free clinic in North Hollywood.

  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • State Assemblymember Chris Holden
  • Congressman Jim Costa
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Congressman Ro Khanna
  • Congressman Brad Sherman
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Napa Valley Young Democrats
  • Black Women of Political Action (BWOPA-PAC)
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union NCDC
  • San Francisco Richmond District Democratic Club
  • Culver City Democratic Club
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • 314 Action PAC
  • New Frontiers Democratic Club
Total money raised: $220,064

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
MAHMOOD, ASIF
$100,000
2
Dr Asif Mahmood
$15,000
3
Dr Asif Mahmood for Lieutenant Governor 2018
$12,936
4
Stan Mathioulakis
$10,000
4
Trophy Automotive Dealer Group LLC
$10,000

By State:

California 95.59%
Nevada 1.84%
Kentucky 0.92%
New York 0.69%
Other 0.96%
95.59%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.90%)
Small contributions (1.10%)
98.90%

By Type:

From organizations (20.07%)
From individuals (79.93%)
20.07%79.93%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

I commit to you that I will not accept campaign contributions from insurance or pharmaceutical companies. Those businesses are not my constituents — you are. California is the largest insurance market in the country, dealing with hundreds of billions of dollars each year. What Californians need is an Insurance Commissioner who will fight for each of those dollars to go back to Californians in the form of high quality care, service, and protection.

— May 16, 2018 Dr. Asif Mahmood for Insurance Commissioner
No Party Preference
Businessman/Non-Profit Director
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Total money raised: $851,000

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
POIZNER, STEVE
$500,000
2
Jas D. Easton, Inc
$10,000
3
Broad Revocable Trust/Eli Broad Trustee
$7,300
3
Burnham Real Estate
$7,300
3
Eva Stern
$7,300
3
Galpin Motors
$7,300
3
Giraid Capital
$7,300
3
Govern for California
$7,300
3
Heritage Provider Network
$7,300
3
Hollywood Laundromat.com Inc
$7,300
3
Lunya
$7,300
3
Oakmont
$7,300
3
Riot Games
$7,300
3
Sutter Hill Ventures
$7,300
3
William S. Gorman dba Gorman Properties
$7,300

By State:

California 99.55%
Texas 0.32%
Florida 0.12%
Massachusetts 0.01%
99.55%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.99%)
Small contributions (0.01%)
99.99%

By Type:

From organizations (3.61%)
From individuals (96.39%)
96.39%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
California Senator
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Total money raised: $1,233,510

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
California State Pipe Trades Council
$27,100
2
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
$18,600
3
Cadiz, Inc.
$15,600
3
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
$15,600
4
AFSCME California
$14,600
4
California Applicants' Attorneys Association
$14,600
4
California Faculty Association
$14,600
4
California Federation of Teachers
$14,600
4
California Labor Federation
$14,600
4
California Laborers For Equality & Progress
$14,600
4
California Professional Firefighters
$14,600
4
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$14,600
4
California State Council of Laborers
$14,600
4
California Teachers Association
$14,600
4
DLA Piper
$14,600
4
Honor PAC
$14,600
4
IBEW Local 11
$14,600
4
ILWU 13
$14,600
4
Northern California District Council of Laborers
$14,600
4
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
$14,600
4
Parkview Properties
$14,600
4
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
$14,600
4
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
$14,600
4
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians
$14,600
4
SEIU California
$14,600
4
SEIU Local 1000
$14,600
4
Southern California District Council of Laborers
$14,600
4
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$14,600

By State:

California 84.93%
Florida 3.00%
Texas 1.94%
District of Columbia 1.86%
Other 8.27%
84.93%8.27%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.84%)
Small contributions (0.16%)
99.84%

By Type:

From organizations (86.55%)
From individuals (13.45%)
86.55%13.45%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Peace and Freedom
Public School Teacher
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