I was so focused on the CD10 campaign finance filings yesterday evening that I neglected to fill y’all in on CD11, where two Republicans have declared their intent to challenge Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in 2010.
Jon Del Arroz of Danville filed a report saying his campaign raised $78,920 in the first half of this year, all from individuals, and he loaned his campaign $230,000. The campaign spent $32,199.53, leaving $276,720.47 cash on hand (much of which as encumbered by debt, although mostly to his loan) as of June 30.
Brad Goehring of Lodi filed a report saying his campaign raised $13,900 from April 1 through June 30, all from individuals, and he loaned his campaign $250,000. The campaign spent $5,092.40, leaving $258.807.60 cash on hand (encumbered by debt to the full amount of his loan) as of June 30.
And McNerney filed a report saying his campaign raised $288,723.13 – $148,737.88 from individuals, $140,500 from PACs and $235.25 from political party committees – from April 1 through June 30. The campaign already had $309,923.58 at the period’s start and spent $81,747.93 in that period, leaving $519,170.58 cash on hand as of June 30 with $22,417.40 in outstanding debts.
UPDATE @ 11:03 A.M.: I was just perusing the Lodi News-Sentinel’s story from the day before yesterday about Goehring, and saw this:
Goehring is also a major believer of spending within your means rather than raising taxes. He cities an example that hit home in a big way.
On April 25, frost killed 80 percent of his crops, so he and his wife, Kristin, sat together at a table and decided what they would cut from their own family budget.
They decided to postpone purchasing new farm equipment they needed, skipped vacations, spent less on food, didn’t buy new clothes and chose not to entertain friends all in order to save money.
“That’s what government needs to do,” Goehring said. “It was not easy to do, but it got done.”
Or, you raid your savings and/or borrow enough to lend your campaign $250,000, apparently.