CD11: Harmer outpacing opponents in cash

GOP 11th District candidate David Harmer is outpacing his three opponents in the money race, according to Federal Election Commission filings posted tonight.

Harmer reported raising $169,133 in the last reporting period (April 1 through May 19), a figure well ahead of Brad Goehring at $91,749, Elizabeth Emken at $30,129; and Tony Amador at $16,905.

Harmer has also outraised his challengers for the full election cycle, particularly when you factor in the personal loans, of which Harmer has made none.

Goehring continues to shuffle his personal money around. He has loaned his campaign $1.075 million but he has repaid himself $925,000, including $300,000 in the last reporting period.

But Goehring may have experienced a post-reporting deadline money boost after his national kerfuffle last week with liberal MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann. Goehring put out a fundraising appeal and says his online contributions have gone up. We won’t know until after the election.

The figures below are for the 2010 election cycle through May 19, the close of the reporting period.

DAVID HARMER: Raised $555,533. Spent $415,432. Had $207,560 in the bank. Reported debts of $27,161. No personal loans.

BRAD GOEHRING: Raised $379,106. Spent $464,175. Had $62,332 in the ban. Debts of $157,748. Made net personal loans of $150,000. (He has loaned his campaign a total of $1.075 million but has repaid himself $925,000.)

ELIZABETH EMKEN: Raised $236,266. Spent $311,311. Had $123,954 in the bank. Reported debts of $200,000. Made net personal loans of $200,000.

TONY AMADOR: Raised $143,352. Spent $172,114. Had $21,023 in the bank. Reported debts of $52,825. Made personal loans of $50,000.


Contra Costa: Count the campaign cash

Check out the cash flowing into Contra Costa County candidates’ campaign accounts, per Thursday night’s campaign finance report filing deadline.

The totals are for 2010 only; some of the candidates started raising money in 2009 but the reports are for the calendar year only. The reporting period ended May 22. Not all the reports are yet available. Candidates had until 5 p.m. to submit them but postmarks count. I will update this list as the information becomes available.


Michael McGill: Raised $100,165. Spent $101,150. Has $860 in the bank. Outstanding debts of $51,800. No personal loans.

Karen Mitchoff: Raised $65,618. Spent $49,092. Has $22,995 in the bank. No outstanding debts. No personal loans.


John Gioia (incumbent): Raised $104,737. Spent $103,123. Cash on hand of $4,659. No debts. No loans.

Mister Phillips: Raised $4,678. Spent $5,511. Cash on hand of ($42.58). Debts of$1,971. He made a personal loan of $1,000 and received a loan of $730 from Angela McClain of El Cerrito.


Gus Kramer (incumbent): Raised $95,537. Spent $105,734. Had $8,200 in the bank. No debts. Made personal loan of $53,000.

John Nejedly: Raised $38,809. Spent $25,566. Had $13,242 in the bank. No debts. Made personal loan of $20,500.

Ross Butler: Raised $900. Spent $790. Had $109 in the bank. No debts. No personal loans.

Bob Brooks: His form is incomplete and fails to list calendar-year totals. Between March 18 and May 22, he raised $3,516; spent $20,228; had $3,369 in the bank; and reported no outstanding debts.


David Livingston: Raised $100,985. Spent $145,416. Had $15,353 in the bank. No outstanding debts. No personal loans.

Brian Kalinowski: Raised $82,962. Spent $80,702. Had $3,198 in the bank.  Debts of $42,100. Made personal loans of $44,067.


Dan O’Malley: Raised $111,872. Spent $120,369. Cash on hand of $45,242. Debts of $8,400. Made personal loan of $3,000.

Mark Peterson: Raised $96,866. Spent $114,837. Cash on hand of $7,495. No debts. No personal loans.

Elle Falahat: Raised $42,637. Spent $76,786. Cash on hand of $6,429. Debts of $33,225. Personal loans of $23,000.


CD11: GOP strategist names Emken a ‘Palin prospect’

Elizabeth Emken

Elizabeth Emken

It’s not an actual endorsement but Elizabeth Emken’s campaign is touting it nonetheless.

Daily Beast writer and GOP strategist Mark McKinnon listed Emken today as one 11 GOP women running for office he considers prospective members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s sleuth of mama grizzlies. (Yes, a group of bears is called a sleuth. I Googled it.)

He cites the Danville resident’s background as an advocate in Washington, D.C., for increased attention and money for the treatment of autistic and other disabilities. She is one of four primary candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the 11th Congressional District.

Click through on the link above to read the full post but here is the top of McKinnon’s column:

The Alaska sensation is recruiting and endorsing GOP women nationwide—spooking the Democrats. Mark McKinnon surveys her 11 top prospects.

I like strong women.

I like strong women who speak their minds. (I’m married to one of them.) And I’ve worked with and around many in politics, including Ann Richards, Laura Bush and Sarah Palin.

No matter your gender or politics, you have to hand it to her: Palin is fearless. “You don’t want to mess with moms who are rising up,” the Wasilla warrior said last week. “If you thought pit bulls were tough, you don’t want to mess with mama grizzlies.”

Click here to read the full post.


Campbell outraised Fiorina in recent months

We’re putting together an extensive report for tomorrow’s editions on the campaign finance reports due today, but for now, the breaking news seems to be that Tom Campbell raised more money in the most recent period and had more cash on hand at the period’s end than Carly Fiorina, his rival for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

Campbell reported raising $989,662 since mid-March from April 1 to May 19, with $975,271 cash on hand reported in today’s filing.

“We are continuing to raise money and buy TV airtime for the home stretch,” Campbell spokesperson James Fisfis said in a news release. “Our opponent, Carly Fiorina, is a failed CEO who sent thousands of California jobs overseas. Moreover, she rarely bothered to vote. Tom Campbell will be traveling around California for the next two weeks communicating his message that he is the only Republican in the race who will end Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate career.”

Fiorina reported raising $909,000 (though she also loaned her campaign another $1.1 million), with $620,000 cash on hand as of this filing.

“I am humbled and honored to have received the support of so many dedicated people around California and across the nation,” Fiorina said in a news release. “Recent polling confirms that the hard work our financial supporters, grassroots volunteers and dedicated campaign team members have together invested in the race is paying off. Californians increasingly recognize that I am the Republican candidate best positioned to defeat Barbara Boxer in November. We expect this momentum to continue growing in the final days before the primary election and into the general election this fall.”

We’re still waiting for numbers from the third Republican in the race, Chuck DeVore

UPDATE @ 4:19 P.M.: DeVore raised $520,898 in this period, finishing with $276,614 cash on hand.

UPDATE @ 6:09 P.M.: Fiorina’s campaign hastens to note that she has loaned her campaign another $1.9 million since May 19, the end of the reporting period, so she has plenty of money for significant television advertising between now and the June 8 election. Campbell’s campaign, they note, cancelled its LA-area television ad buy for this weekend.

“As far as we can tell, team Campbell is working their abacus overtime to make it appear as if they have significant funds heading into the final stretch,” said Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund. “But my calculator is telling me their numbers just don’t quite add up.”

So, yes, Fiorina has more money on hand for the final 10 days before the election. Nonetheless, Campbell attracted more in total contributions than Fiorina did during this reporting period.


‘Open Carry’ panel discussion set for East Bay

The Commonwealth Club of California held a panel discussion last night on California’s “open carry” policy – which lets gun owners carry unloaded handguns in plain sight in public places, unless pre-empted by local laws – and a pending bill that would make such behavior a misdemeanor.

Sorry you missed it? You’ll have another chance. The issue is hot enough that another panel discussion on “Guns in Public: Exploring California’s Open Carry Policy” has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette; tickets cost $12 for club members, $22 for nonmembers and $7 for students with valid ID, and are available online.

Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, who authored AB 1934 to change the law and prohibit open-carry behavior, will be there to defend her bill, as will Karen Arntzen, California chapter services coordinator for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Arguing against Saldana’s bill will be Adnan Shahab, Republican candidate for the 20th Assembly District seat, and another panelist yet to be named. I’ll be the moderator.

Gun-rights activists have seized upon open-carry laws in states across the nation as a means of expressing their political beliefs, acting individually or gathering to carry their weapons both as an exercise of constitutional rights and for self-protection. They say they’re both protecting their rights under current law as well as advocating for changes so that more people can get permits to carry concealed weapons, something that’s sharply limited under current law.

Advocates of Saldana’s bill say open-carry practices should be banned for the sake of public safety, and to protect the safety and conserve the resources of police officers who must check to ensure the guns aren’t loaded in accordance with state law.

The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved Saldana’s bill to end this practice April 20 on a 5-2 vote; the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved it May 12 on an 11-5 vote; and it’s now awaiting a vote by the full Assembly. If it passes that vote, it’ll still have to work its way through the state Senate and then get the governor’s signature in order to become law.

At last night’s forum at the club’s San Francisco office, Emeryville Police Chief Ken James – who has spoken for the California Police Chiefs Association in supporting Saldana’s bill – faced off with Gun Owners of California Executive Director Sam Paredes. Also participating was Cal law professor Franklin Zimring; San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Page Editor John Diaz was the moderator.


CD11: Emken targets Harmer in nasty mailer

GOP primary 11th Congressional District candidate Elizabeth Emken has hit opponent David Harmer with a nasty mailer (post below) that paints him as a greedy credit card lawyer for a failed bank who profited from the federal bailout.

Emken and Harmer are in a tight, four-way primary race for their party’s nomination on June 8 and the opportunity to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney.

The other two Republican candidates, Tony Amador and Brad Goehring, have weighed in on the issue,  as well. (See their responses at the bottom of this post.)

The mailer contains the usual mix of truth and distortions. Here is an analysis of its contents and the Harmer campaign’s response:

WHAT IT SAYS: “Harmer took $485,779 in bonus and pay from a Wall Street bailout bank seized by federal regulators.”

IS IT TRUE? Yes and no. Washington Mutual, where Harmer was a first vice president and assistant general counsel in its credit card division, never received bailout money.

The FDIC forced Washington Mutual into receivership on Sept. 25, 2008, and orchestrated the a sale to JPMorgan Chase for $1.9 billion.

A month later, JPMorgan Chase received $25 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. There is no evidence on way or the other that JPMorgan, which had already acquired Bear Stearns, used or needed TARP money to buy Washington Mutual. (A reader sent this link from BusinessInsider, where the author suggests documents show the federal government forced JPMorgan Chase and the other banks to take the bailout; that they didn’t want it.)

However, Harmer collected a salary, bonus and severance from JPMorgan Chase for a few months until the new owner shut down the division — it already had one — and he lost his job in January 2009.

Several banking industry experts say only JPMorgan knows if it used TARP funds to cover or enable its Washington Mutual acquisition costs, such as Harmer’s severance check.  There were no requirements that banks segregate and publicly identify how or if they spent TARP funds.

HARMER RESPONSE: “Harmer never took a single dime of bailout funding. It’s blatantly untrue. The piece is designed to distort the picture.”

WHAT IT SAYS: “Harmer took almost half a million dollars in bonuses and pay in the months leading up to his bank’s seizure.”

IS IT TRUE? Yes. Harmer earned $219,714 in salary and an $80,000 bonus in 2008. In the first few months of 2009, before JPMorgan closed his division, Harmer was paid $26,073 in salary and a $75,406 bonus.

He subsequently received an $84,586 severance check, for a total of $485,779 between Jan. 1, 2008, and April 30, 2009.

HARMER RESPONSE: “It’s meaningless. Everyone with a job has earned some amount of money in any given time period.”

WHAT IT SAYS: “After his bank was seized by federal regulators and sold to JPMorgan, taxpayers were on the hook for $25 billion in federal bailout money.”

IS IT TRUE? Yes. JPMorgan was one of 19 banks that federal regulators deemed eligible for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Congress authorized it Oct. 3, 2008, about two weeks after the FDIC seized and sold Washington Mutual.
JPMorgan has repaid the money plus with interest.

HARMER RESPONSE: “That fact that Washington Mutual failed or JPMorgan Chase bought it had nothing to do with Harmer. He worked in the credit card compliance division, where he did his job very well and he was rewarded.”

WHAT IT SAYS: “Then Harmer turned around and had the nerve to file a jobless claim and collected nearly $2,400 from California’s Unemployment Insurance Fund. Unemployment insurance should be reserved for people truly in need — not greedy lawyers …”

IS IT TRUE? Yes and no.

Harmer collected $2,395 in unemployment insurance through April 30, 2009. However, all eligible workers who pay into the unemployment insurance pool receive benefits regardless of whether they “need” the money.

The implication is that as a conservative candidate who opposes TARP and the other federal stimulus dollars, it looks bad for Harmer to collect unemployment while he runs for Congress.

HARMER RESPONSE: “It is insurance. David Harmer has paid in far more into the system than he has ever collected.”

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Click through to see Amador and Goehring’s statements on this issue.

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