California 11th Congressional District’s candidates, political parties and other groups spent $6.76 million on the campaign, according to new figures filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Victorious Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, significantly outspent his opponent, GOP nominee David Harmer, $3 million vs. $2 million.
But it was the independent expenditures that put McNerney in the serious money: The vast majority of the $2 million spent by groups outside the campaign targeted Harmer or supported McNerney.
A great deal of the anti-Harmer money was spent in the final 10 days of the campaign, and the Republican’s supporters failed to match the dollars.
(Update: A caller reminds me that these totals do not include the money spent by groups that do not have to file with the FEC. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federal of Business spent money to help Harmer in this campaign.)
Here’s a breakdown of the totals:
MCNERNEY: $2.88 million, total contributions; $3.03 million, total expenses; $8,024 in debts; $38,008 cash on hand.
HARMER: $1.88 million, total contributions; $1.97 total expenses; $36,247 in debts; $36,247 cash on hand.
Independent expenditures totaled more than $2 million:
- Oppose Harmer $1,358,010
- Support Harmer $68,342
- Oppose McNerney: $459,109
- Support McNerney $140,899
- TOTAL: $2,026,361