Swalwell outraises Corbett 20-to-1 in 15th District

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.

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.

  • Independent Voter

    Quite frankly, I’m surprised that Corbett is still considering running. He campaign website is bare and she has ZERO social media presence. Not sure what she’s thinking, but I don’t believe her “old school” campaign tactics are going to win over Swalwell’s 21st century campaign. Who knows, though. Crazier stuff has happened.

  • GV Haste

    Looks tough for Corbett. She won’t be catching up in the money department. In fact, she’ll likely fall further behind.

    What are her choices?

    1. Run to the left of Swalwell, trying to capture and turn out the hard core progressives. Won’t help her chances in November.

    2. Tout her credentials in the California legislature, a entity that few voters hold in much respect.

    3. Bring in political heavyweights, Speaker Perez, Senate leader Steinberg, and perhaps a few local leaders, Lockyer, and other “old hands”.

    4. Run as a “woman”

    5. Wait for, hope for, Swalwell to blunder (several times like Stark did)

    6. Re-group and join the gang running for Sec. of State

    State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) and former Assemblymen Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) and Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles).

    4 males, and only 1 female thus far.

    Perhaps one could smash the 2014 equivalent of a “pay toilet” on the Capitol steps and make a news splash.

  • Ellen Corbett could run for the Board of Equalization seat that Fiona Ma’s gunning for right now.

  • Alcoahead

    Ellen Corbett could also run on a “smaller, less “Big Brother” platform as opposed to the “Tauscherian Candidate”, aka “John Law Candidate”, aka Smellwell, such as on issues like this:


    And you (whose name I know) could stop being such a pandering shill for Smellwell, like the link in your name:


  • Elwood

    @ 4

    Ellen Tauscher has you under surveillance.

    Remember, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean she’s not out to get you!