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Q3 fundraising reports: CA15, CA7 and many more

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 5:35 pm in Ami Bera, Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, campaign finance, Eric Swalwell, George Miller, Jackie Speier, Jerry McNerney, Mike Honda, Mike Thompson, Sam Farr, U.S. House, Zoe Lofgren.

As third-quarter Federal Election Commission reports trickle in on today’s deadline, it looks as if freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell still doesn’t have much to worry about money-wise from his Democratic challenger.

Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, raised $277,928 and spent $69,599 in the third quarter, leaving him with $614,262 cash on hand and $7,639 in outstanding debts as of Sept. 30. State Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, raised $36,502 and spent $9,269 in the third quarter, leaving her with $143,417 cash on hand and no outstanding debts as of Sept. 30.

The 15th Congressional District – about 90 percent in Alameda County, and the rest in Contra Costa County – is registered 48.4 percent Democrat, 22.2 percent Republican and 20.7 percent no-party-preference.

I reported last week on what’s expected to be a fiercer Democrat-on-Democrat House showdown between Rep. Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna, where Khanna continues to outstrip the incumbent in fundraising.

Elsewhere, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton – often a target of the National Republican Congressional Committee – raised $140,310 and spent $66,407, leaving him with $243,445 cash on hand and $3,704 in outstanding debts. He’ll be challenged next year by Republican Steve Anthony Colangelo of Stockton, a prominent member of the local business community who owns “the leading event supply company in the Central Valley for weddings, graduation parties and other important community and family events.” Colangelo’s third-quarter report is not yet available as of now.

In a more distant but potentially tighter race, two Republicans vying to take a crack at freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova, are putting a lot of their own money into their campaigns.

Former Rep. Doug Ose, a Republican from Sacramento, announced early last month that he’ll challenge Bera. Ose reported Tuesday that he raised $238,150 and lent his campaign $250,000 from his own pocket while spending $15,681 in the third quarter, leaving him with $256,243 cash on hand and $61,839 in outstanding debts as of Sept. 30.

(UPDATE @ 8:45 P.M.: Nick Mirman, a spokesman for Ose’s campaign, e-mailed me this evening to say that the $250,000 that appeared in Ose’s latest report as a loan from the candidate “reflects forgiving campaign debt from the 2008 race … Again, he has not contributed $250,000 to his 2014 race.”)

Elizabeth Emken – U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Republican challenger in 2012, who since has moved from Danville to Fair Oaks for this race – reported raising $63,395 and loaning her campaign another $35,000 (for a total of $285,000 in personal loans so far this year) while spending $49,855 in the third quarter. That left her with $336,895 cash on hand but a whopping $293,255 in outstanding debts as of Sept. 30.

Bera raised $456,396 and spent $68,268 in the third quarter, leaving him with $898,748 cash on hand but $345,490 in outstanding debts as of Sept. 30.

Among the Bay-Area-House-Democrats-with-little-to-worry-about, third-quarter reports show:

    Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, raised $111,505 and spent $104,658, leaving her with $51,582 cash on hand and no outstanding debts
    Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, raised $65,421 and spent $34,519, leaving him with $349,073 cash on hand and $930 in outstanding debts
    Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, raised $196,000 and spent $77,595, leaving her with $477,678 cash on hand and no outstanding debts
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, raised $224,310 and spent $58,431, leaving her with $795,550 cash on hand and no outstanding debts
    Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, raised $127,190 and spent $71,987, leaving her with $1,103,324 cash on hand and $2,774 in outstanding debts.
    Rep. Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz, raised $88,536 and spent $42,056, leaving him with $150,851 cash on hand and no outstanding debts.
    Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, raised $165,713 and spent $135,266, leaving him with $1,466,930 cash on hand and $6,172 in outstanding debts.

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  • JohnW

    It’s hard to see why anybody would bust their butt, suck up to special interests and beg for money just to be one of 435 inmates in the asylum known as the U.S. House of Representatives. If I wanted to run for elective office, I would stick to state and local offices, where you at least have a chance to get things done and not have to wake up every morning asking, “what the hell am I doing here?”

  • RRSenileColumnist

    There are, at best, no more than 25-30 competitive House seats. Excluding Ro vs Honda, none are in Calif.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    We need a man of your stature on the arts commission.

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/politics Josh Richman

    Not true. Bera’s seat could easily be a toss-up, as could Raul Ruiz’s CA-36, Gary Miller’s CA-31 and Scott Peters’ CA-52. Less likely but still in play are Brownley’s CA-26 and Valadao’s CA-21.

  • JohnW

    That’s what they told me when they got me, against my better judgement, to be on the HOA board of directors. Big mistake. Won’t repeat when term is up.

  • Stan Snodgrass

    No mention of Birman in CA7? $163,000 raised in three weeks!

  • Willis James

    One wonders when Corbett will throw in the towel and stop raising money.
    By Sept of 2014 she’ll be lucky to have 50% of the funds that Swalwell has.
    Any edge she may have with Democratic traditional voters in the primary will be more than overcome in November with declines to state and Republicans.
    I don’t see any path to victory for her.
    It doesn’t help that she was one of those legislators that Matier and Ross indicated were trying to pressure the BART board members to turn against BART management and give into the unions.
    Skinner, Quirk, Bonta, Corbett, Swanson, all at the microphone on Sunday night, trying to grab a fair contract out of the hands of BART by forcing them to fold their cards EVEN when the public in general was fully behind the BART offer.
    Talk about NOT looking out for the public’s interest.
    Favoring those who give you the campaign money vs doing what the public wants.

  • Elwood

    What Willis James said!