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3rd quarter fundraising reports for House races

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 11:41 am in 2012 Congressional Election, campaign finance, Dan Lungren, Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, Pete Stark, U.S. House.

Yesterday was the deadline for House candidates to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission for the third quarter of 2012, July 1 through Sept. 30. Here’s what’s happening in some of Northern California’s more interesting races:

3rd Congressional District
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, raised $448,758 and spent $518,327 during 2012’s third quarter, and had $162,452 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $93,947 in outstanding debts and obligations, leaving $68,505 unencumbered. Republican challenger Kim Vann of Arbuckle raised $410,369 and spent $491,005 in the third quarter, and had $156,862 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $52,514 in outstanding debts and obligations, leaving $104,347 unencumbered.

7th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, raised $507,383 and spent $436,323 during the third quarter, and had $1,229,226 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $23,743 in outstanding debts and obligations, leaving $1,205,483 unencumbered. Democratic challenger Ami Bera of Elk Grove raised $731,002 and spent $1,665,117 during the third quarter, and had $402,609 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $256,454 in outstanding debts and obligations, leaving $146,155 unencumbered. So while Bera outspent Lungren by almost four-to-one in July through September, Lungren had eight times as much money to spend heading into the campaign’s final weeks.

9th Congressional District
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, raised $523,483 and spent $558,723 in the third quarter, and had $1,037,825 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $5,294 in outstanding debts and obligations. He was outmatched by Republican challenger Ricky Gill of Lodi: Gill raised $722,729 and spent $601,445 in the third quarter, and had $1,145,983 cash on hand as of Sept. 30. But counting Gill’s $153,222 in outstanding debts and obligations, McNerney had a slight edge in unencumbered money to spend going into the contest’s home stretch.

10th Congressional District
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, raised $314,288 and spent $813,223 in the third quarter, and had $752,864 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $16,358 in outstanding debts and obligations, leaving $736,506 unencumbered. Democratic challenger Jose Hernandez of Stockton raised $490,922 and spent $679,746 in the third quarter, and had $269,644 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with $24,893 in outstanding debts and obligations, leaving $244,751 unencumbered. So, Denham had a half-million dollar edge going into the campaign’s final weeks.

15th Congressional District
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, raised $266,871 and spent $202,712 in the third quarter, and had $537,749 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with no outstanding debts and obligations. Democratic challenger Eric Swalwell of Dublin raised $233,537 and spent $151,894 in the third quarter, and had $161,117 cash on hand as of Sept. 30 with no outstanding debts and obligations. That’s a better than three-to-one cash advantage the incumbent had over his Democratic insurgent challenger heading into the campaign’s final weeks.

It’s important to note that these numbers don’t tell the whole story in the 3rd, 7th, 9th and 10th Districts, where partisan committees and various super PACs are spending a great deal of money to buy copious ad time on their candidates’ behalf.

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  • JohnW

    This campaign spending is insane and obscene.

  • GV Haste

    Pete Stark with $537,749 on hand, all to be spent trying to convince voters his mind is not “cooked”.

    Expect mailers using photos, that average age 70 while Pete just turned 81.
    No really, go to his website petestark.com
    Look at the photos and give a estimate how old each one is. I’d say the average is 10 year old.
    With one or two photoshopped recent ones included.

    Compare and contrast those with the recent videos of Pete, like the ones from the Chronicle and Tribune.
    Now THAT is the real Stark. Old fumbling, licking his fingers, and pretty much totally befuddled.

  • Truthclubber

    @2 –

    Two words: Money matters.

    Your golden boy (Smellwell) would not be begging for more moola if that were NOT the case.

    Your boy is LOSING, repeat, LOSING the race to raise the moola needed to make his point — so (a) is what YOUR boy is doing wrong (asking for more moola) or (b) is what YOUR boy is doing (asking for more moola) ineffective?

    No other choices, other than (a) or (b), are acceptable for an answer — sorry, you fail if you think otherwise.

  • mederatevoter

    According to information put out by the Swalwell campaign Congressman Pete Stark has been “funneling” money – at least $300,000 – from his campaign coffers into his wife’s bank account. I think that’s a major story, so I am wondering why the Times isn’t covering it. Seems like Josh Richmond ought to be all over this story, it’s pretty big.
    As I understand it, Stark’s wife is the treasurer of Stark’s campaign committee, but this is a no-show job, she’s the treasurer on paper only, the real work is being done by an outside firm. Apparently what’s happening here is Stark is raising money from special-interest group- fatcat’s in DC and then steering some of that money to his wife by fixing her up with no-show job on his campaign committee. If this is “legal” I feel real strongly it ought not to be. I also read that Stark used money from his campaign committee to pay for a clown to entertain at his kids birthdays parties – specifically somebody called “Mandy the Clown”. These are the same kids Stark marched down to the social security office to sign up for social security, even though Stark himself is worth 30 million dollars!
    I feel real strongly Pete Stark has become an embarrassing side-show in the NorCal Congressional delegation, not just because he’s become so wacky and cantankerous, it’s now coming out Stark’s an ethical disaster. Despite his huge wealth – he’s worth 30 million dollars – he can’t resist steering campaign money to his wife, which ultimately ends up his pocket too, since they are married.
    I’m wondering how, or why, the NorCal Congressional leadership could sit back and let this ethically challenged loose cannon Pete Stark run for another term, why are Nancy Pelosi and DC special interest fatcats putting their money behind Stark? Haven’t they noticed how much this guy has gone down hill? Ethically he is a total disaster – he’s become a no-show Congressman, he misses a 1/3 of his votes, doesn’t visit his district, cheats on campaign finance (steering campaign money to his wife). I mean this is the kind of stuff you would expect of a Dennis Hassert or a Newt Gingrich. I am outraged the NorCal delegation would not police themselves better than this, we Democrats want honest, ethical candidates for the house, not flim-flam artists which is what Pete Stark has morphed into.
    I think the NorCal Democratic delegation has some soul searching to do.