Apparently 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.