Flood of cash for McNerney’s campaign

mcnerneyportrait.jpgApparently while spending lots of time doing the people’s business in Washington and meeting constituents all across his district, freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has been no slouch in the fundraising department either. Federal Election Commission reports show he raised $345,352.52 during his first quarter in office; that’s $214,264.21 from individuals and $131,088.31 from political action committees. Among the PACs are a bunch of labor unions as well as Democratic leadership PACs controlled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco; Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; and many others.

McNerney, who narrowly defeated House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, in November, clearly will be a GOP target in 2008; the Republican National Congressional Committee already has begun attacking his votes, and last month his name appeared on White House political adviser Karl Rove’s list of vulnerable Democratic targets.

By comparison, comfortable incumbent Lee raised $51,452.48 in the first quarter; Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, raised $116,178.76; and Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo — whom liberal netroots activists have threatened to try to unseat in next year’s Democratic primary — raised $152,035.45.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.