Garamendi raising funds to pay off campaign debt

With a hard-fought re-election race done, Rep. John Garamendi needs more money to pay off his campaign debts.

Garamendi, D-Fairfield, will hold a fundraising luncheon Monday at an Italian restaurant in South San Francisco, seeking from $500 to $2,500 per person.

Garamendi fended off a challenge from Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, a Republican, in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District. He finished with 54.1 percent of the vote to Vann’s 45.9 percent, according to still-unofficial results scheduled to be certified next week.

As of Oct. 17 – the final reporting deadline before the election – Garamendi’s campaign had outspent Vann’s by about 43 percent, but had only $112,698 cash on hand with $132,354 in outstanding debts and obligations.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Rick K.

    Typical “Live Shot” Garamendi — overspend and then cry poor. No one should give him a dime. Garamendi lives in a palatial home in the Delta (so big that it infamously is in two congressional districts, as he has repeatedly claimed). He allegedly made boatloads of $$$ as “Washington, DC investment partner” from 1998-2001, yet he refuses to explain to anyone what he actually did for Yucaipa Co. Look at

    A bunch of union cronies likely will bail “Live Shot” out. The 2014, 2016, etc. elections could be tough for him as district residents figure out that he really doesn’t give a darn about them (too busy bloviating on MSNBC) and the Davis crowd figures out that he’s no “progressive”. Once people figure out his role in the Exec Life scandal (where he essentially admitted to being grossly negligent as state insurance commissioner), he’d be lucky if he got elected dogcatcher anywhere.