McNerney, Andal raising loads of cash

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is substantially ahead of his likely opponent, Republican Dean Andal in fundraising, reporting more than $1.1 million in contributions to the Federal Election Commission by the deadline late Monday.

Andal, a Stockton resident and former member of the state Board of Equalization, has raised $389,000 since he entered the race earlier this year.

Both men also report solid cash-on-hand numbers, with McNerney showing $757,987 in the bank as of Sept. 30 while Andal had $351,118.

McNerney is clearly capitalizing on his status as the incumbent. His campaign has received $421,000 from political action committees, more than a third of the total contributions and a percentage far higher than the Democrat commanded during the 2006 race when he unexpectedly beat seven-term Republican Richard Pombo of Tracy.

PACs contributing to McNerney include those of numerous unions along with the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voter, Comcast, Wells Fargo. He also received money from PACS sponsored by other elected leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and local Reps. George Miller, D-Martinez, and Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo.

Among the hometowns of the individual contributors to McNerney, the top five cities are San Francisco, $50,935; Pleasanton, $32,821; Palo Alto, $27,820; Stockton, $24,545; and Berkeley, $22,840. (Source: Times analysis of FEC data provided by Congressional Quarterly MoneyLine.)

Andal reported $32,900 from PACS, less than 10 percent of his contribution total, although few expect that level to remain that low. No other Republican challengers have surfaced yet for the June 2008 primary, but it’s still early in the campaign

PACs writing checks to Andal’s campaign included those of the California Independent Petroleum Association and other California GOP congressmen John Campbell, Buck McKeon and Kevin McCarthy.

The top five cities of individuals donating to Andal hail from San Joaquin and Sacramento counties: Stockton, $114,450; Lodi, $28, 350; Modesto, $20,400; Sacramento, $16,100; and Tracy, $14,300. (Source: Times analysis of FEC data provided by Congressional Quarterly MoneyLine.)

McNerney represents Congressional District 11, a sprawling region that stretches from Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County through the Tri-Valley to Danville and over the Altamont Pass. Slightly more than half the district is in San Joaquin County.

Click here to link to McNerney’s FEC site: http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00398644/307656/

Click here to link to Andal’s FEC site: http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00434928/306994/

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • renegade gop

    This will be a Titanic struggle. The local GOP has not come to grip with the fact this will be a much harder race than they think. Andal is a nice version of Bill Baker. He even says he wants to be like Bill Baker. Oh boy! Andal will be a better campaigner than Baker of Pombo ever dreamed of being.
    Message to Dean… be different from the current crowd of Republicans who messed up our majority in Congress.
    Don’t drink the water out of the Potomic like the rest of the elephants.