I reported last week that challenger Ro Khanna far outraised incumbent Rep. Mike Honda in the race for for a South Bay House seat, but a far more lopsided Democrat-on-Democrat fundraising contest was revealed Monday in the East Bay.
In the 15th Congressional District, where state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, plans to challenge Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, Corbett filed a report Monday afternoon with the Federal Election Commission showing she raised $12,000 in the second quarter and had about $116,000 cash on hand as of June 30.
Swalwell’s report for the same period actually was even a bit rosier than the projections campaign consultant Lisa Tucker had offered last week. The freshman lawmaker raised more than $237,000 from April 1 through June 30 (about 20 times Corbett’s haul), leaving him with more than $405,000 cash on hand (about three and a half times Corbett’s war chest) at the quarter’s end.
Swalwell said Monday that former CIA director, Secretary of Defense, White House chief of staff and congressman Leon Panetta will be in Pleasanton in September to headline a fundraiser.
Corbett was going door-to-door in downtown Hayward on Monday afternoon, handing out fliers touting her Senate office’s constituent services and contact information to business owners and shoppers.
Though accompanied by a helper, she said her campaign at this point is mostly just her own shoe-leather and determination – which sounds not unlike Swalwell at the time he launched his campaign against Pete Stark in September 2011.