Today’s key federal fundraising reporting deadline in the Republican GOP primary shows Dougherty Valley attorney David Harmer leading the donor race among the four candidates.
But Lodi-area winegrape grower Brad Goehring has put $1 million of his own money into his campaign in addition to raising almost $300,000 in contributions from others.
Money isn’t everything but, as they say, it’s not nothing. A candidate with the resources to get his or her message out in a crowded field has an advantage. All the candidates, except Harmer, has invested heavily in their own campaigns.
The four are vying for the chance to challenge Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in November.
Here is the breakout ranked by amount of money raised excluding loans from the candidate:
David Harmer, attorney, Dougherty Valley: Total raised — $390,595. Cash on hand — $326,699. Debts — $60,478. Total contributions include $1,606 from candidate. Total raised other than from candidate — $388,989.
Brad Goehring, owner, Goehring Vineyards Inc., Clements: Total raised — $1.4 million. Total expenditures — $297,565. Cash on hand — $437,228. Debts — $456,678. Total contributions includes $1.07 million from candidate. Total raised other than from candidate — $285,357.
Elizabeth Emken, former government relations director at Autism Speaks and financial manager at IBM, Danville: Total raised– $506,137. Total expenditures — $152,087. Cash on hand — $253,049. Debts — $200,000. Total contributions include $300,000 from candidate. Total raised other than from candidate — $206,137.
Tony Amador, retired U.S. Marshal, Lodi: Total raised — $176,482. Total expenditures — $94,640. Cash on hand — $81,593. Debt — $62,010. The total raised includes $63,256 from the candidate. Total raised other than from candidate — $126,197.
If you want to examine the candidates’ FEC reports yourself, click here and enter the desired name into the search field. The reports include the names of donors and who is on the candidates’ payrolls.