I’d reported here weeks ago that former Obama Administration Ro Khanna of Fremont raised an eye-popping $1.2 million in the last quarter of 2011, his first quarter of raising money to run for the 15th Congressional District seat – even though he says he won’t challenge incumbent fellow Democrat Rep. Pete Stark and so probably won’t run until 2014.
Today was the deadline for filing year-end campaign finance reports, so now we can see how others in that district did.
Stark’s campaign raised $88,156 and spent $52,803.50 in the fourth quarter, finishing 2011 with $579,826.10 cash on hand and no debts.
Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell – another Democrat who hopes the newly drawn district’s lines and the top-two primary system can make him into a giant-killer – raised $65,357.36 and spent $44,410.41 in the fourth quarter, finishing 2011 with $89,072.87 cash on hand and no debts.
And state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, who hasn’t committed to whether she’s running this year or not, raised $161,835 and spent $14,116.55 in the fourth quarter, finishing 2011 with $147,718.45 cash on hand and $22,714.56 in debts – a net bankroll of $125,003.89.
Republican Independent Chris Pareja of Hayward – who ran against Stark in 2010 as a write-in, backed by some Tea Party elements who felt Republican nominee Forest Baker wasn’t conservative enough – told me this afternoon that his campaign has been “in exploratory mode,” has not yet passed the $5,000 threshold that triggers the need for a quarterly report, and won’t start fundraising in earnest until February.