Which House member has most campaign cash?

Which of Northern California’s House members has the most money in their campaign war chests? You might be surprised.

While some incumbents are likely to face significant challenges from across the aisle (like Garamendi, Bera, McNerney and Denham) and others from within their own party (like Honda and maybe Swalwell), neither of the two House members with the most cash on hand as of June 30 are expected to have much to worry about next year.

Here’s the list, showing how much they raised in the second quarter (April 1 through June 30) and their cash on hand at mid-year:

    CA5 – Mike Thompson, D-Napa: $257,579.45 raised, $1,470,170.24 COH
    CA14 – Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough: $221,762 raised, $1,086,141.98 COH
    CA10 – Jeff Denham, R-Modesto: $506,491.26 raised, $834,836.30 COH
    CA19 – Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose: $149,546.50 raised, $658,386 COH
    CA7 – Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova: $264,318.49 raised, $505,044 COH
    CA12 – Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco: $315,769.05 raised, $422,059.25 COH
    CA15 – Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton: $237,314.38 raised, $405,182.23 COH
    CA4 – Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay: $132,668.99 raised, $384,717.76 COH
    CA17 – Mike Honda, D-San Jose: $344,894.86 raised, $374,646.94 COH
    CA6: Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento: $240,826.01 raised, $371,894.30 COH
    CA18 – Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto: $193,225 raised, $363,855.25 COH
    CA11 – George Miller, D-Martinez: $233,328.87 raised, $354,655.16 COH
    CA2 – Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael: $141,648.93 raised, $266,847.38 COH
    CA16 – Jim Costa, D-Merced: $131,765 raised, $243,693.64 COH
    CA9 – Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton: $169,311.47 raised, $187,041.28 COH
    CA20 – Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz: $187,242.31 raised, $136,571.50 COH
    CA1 – Doug LaMalfa, R-Oroville: $87,200 raised, $130,603.76 COH
    CA3 – John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove: $179,832.73 raised, $124,197.06 COH
    CA13 – Barbara Lee, D-Oakland: $178,425.82 raised, $97,975.47 COH

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.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    “Significant” but not serious challenges from Repubs to Garamendi and McNerney. They may not win by wide margins, but they are strong favorites. Any incumbent is a favorite today. BHO is loved by most locals and the ones who dislike him aren’t likely to change things much. Barring a major failure or two by the boss, the Repubs won’t gain any ground in Calif.

  • JohnW


    Thanks to California redistricting reform, at least we can say the voters chose the House members, not the other way around. Republican control of state legislatures peaked just in time for the last redistricting after the 2010 Census, so Republicans will have firm control of the House at least until after the 2020 Census.

  • Joe Smith

    Too bad you reporter doesn’t know how to read FEC reports. These people raised more money than the story reported. The first line is not always the top line.

  • JohnW

    #3 Joe Smith says

    So, enlighten us. Please give a specific example of where the quarterly amount raised and cash on hand amounts reported for one of the people listed is an inaccurate or incomplete representation of the FEC report. What do you mean by, “the first line is not always the top line?”

  • MichaelB


    California “voters” are nothing to get excited about.

    They helped reelect Obama despite his poor economic performance/broken campaign promises/worn out class envy campaign message. And they send the same people back whose policies have not worked expecting a different result.

    Unfortunately most of them appear to have bought into the “progressive” utopian nonsense promoted by Democrats – we are just one more tax increase, entitlement expansion, government spending plan or environmental law away from “fixing” things. And that it is somehow not “fair” that someone’s income/savings/car/house is larger than theirs.