McNerney widens his campaign money lead

mcnerneyportrait.jpgFederal campaign finance reports filed yesterday show Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton — the Bay Area’s only House freshman, and known to be on the GOP’s hit list of vulnerable targets for 2008 — raised $233,841 ($149,434 from individuals, $84,907 from PACs) in this year’s third quarter and spent $136,776, leaving his campaign war chest with a total of $757,988 cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

andal.jpgMarketing company owner, former Assemblyman and former Board of Equalization member Dean Andal — the only stated Republican candidate raising money to challenge McNerney next year — reported raising $101,220 ($84,320 from individuals, $16,900 from PACs) in the same period and spent $29,916, leaving him with $351,118 cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

At midyear, McNerney had $662,545 cash on hand to Andal’s $279,814 — a difference of $382,731. At Sept. 30, the difference was $406,870.

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.

  • Oaktownpolitik

    McNerney is like a double agent. He throws a sop to the working class and people’s votes by every now and then giving a good vote and the rest of the time he votes against working people’s interest and with the Republicans. And Pelosi, who is even worse, has given him the “okay” to do this and other freshman democrats who don’t want to build the grassroots nor become populist candidates and claim they have to vote with the morally bankrupt Republicans. If the Sierra Club is satisfied with anti-working class positions and preserving the interests of the corporate farmers in his county (who rob California’s of their water and who back the damming and destruction of the rest of Califiornia’s rivers), over working people in the San Joaquin valley, then let them reap the whirlwind too. McNerney is nothing less than a puppet in the hands of the Democratic Leadership Council and the corporate bankrolled DCCC.

  • Lori Carmona

    Oaktownpolitik, your entry smacks of ignorance and stupidity. McNerney toppled a
    right wing Republican member last year and is doing a good job. He votes against
    the Republicans on most issues, do some homework, but has to keep in mind that he
    represents a marginal district and he was elected to represent ALL people…..not just
    crackpots like yourself. Democrats have raised the minimum wage and our majority
    is putting working families first.

    Your narrow-minded, rigid approach to ideological “purity” is no different than the nutcases
    on the far right. Go McNerney, Go Pelosi!!!!! GO DEMOCRATS!