Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, (pictured on top right) outpaced his presumptive GOP challenger Dean Andal of Stockton (pictured on bottom right) in first-quarter fundraising figures, according to Federal Election Commission campaign finance documents filed Tuesday.
(Check out Politico.com’s story about lagging GOP fundraising elsehwhere.)
McNerney raised $325,880 from Jan. 1 through March 31 compared to $90,313 for Andal in the same period.
McNerney reported $1.15 million cash on hand while Andal had $531,817.
Keep in mind, it’s still very early. Neither candidate has a primary challenger in June, which likely means they will spend the next few months raising money in preparation for the major Nov. 4 general election battle.
But both candidates need to make a strong showing in the finance department in order to attract those dollars in the fall from their respective parties and groups that seek to influence the outcome. In 2006, environmental organizations poured tens of thousands of dollars into the race and helped McNerney beat seven-term incumbent Richard Pombo.