CA15: The year-end finance reports

Freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell raised about three times much as Democratic challenger Ellen Corbett in the final quarter of 2013, leaving him with about four times as much money banked for the 15th Congressional District campaign.

Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, raised $275,018 in 2013’s final quarter while spending $63,418; his campaign had $823,362 cash on hand as of Dec. 31, with $3,576 in outstanding debts. Corbett, the state Senate majority leader from San Leandro, raised $90,918 in the last quarter of 2013 – by far her best quarter to date – while spending $25,892; she had $208,658 as of Dec. 31 with no outstanding debts.

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.

  • Marga


  • Willis James

    She has tough decisions ahead since both Swalwell and herself will be in the November runoff.
    Spend early…. then raise more if you are close in June, or save up for November hoping he’ll stumble.

    If you can’t come within 5 to 8 points in June, can you really ask supporters for more money? (If a Republican is in the race, then she really has to surpass Swalwell in June because he’ll pick up more of those Republican votes in November)

    Strategy – demand debates, pray for a Stark-like blunder from Swalwell. Perhaps he was responsible for blocking a bridge; or threatening to throw someone off a bridge

  • Elwood

    “threatening to throw someone off a bridge”

    Anyone who’s spent any time in politics has been sorely tempted.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Corbett has a record to run on? Really?

  • That Ellen Corbett can’t rub two nickels together to produce a six-figure quarterly haul truly represents an untold story.

    What’s Corbett been doing in Sacramento for 14 years?

  • Marga

    Maybe representing her constituents rather than cozying up to lobbysts? I think it speaks highly of Corbett that corporate interests are not rushing to help her.

  • @SLtalk:disqus, let’s unpack your claim. Even if that’s true that Senator Corbett hasn’t cozied up to lobbyists (a dubious claim, to say the least, judging by her campaign finance reports for state office), one would assume she would build the network of supporters in her own state senate district, prior assembly district, and adopted congressional district to mount a serious congressional campaign.

    She hasn’t.

    That speaks volumes about her capabilities as a legislator — an apparent inability to build coalitions, an apparent inability to showcase her accomplishments (which leads one to conclude there actually exist very few), and an apparent inability to “sell” herself as a candidate (not to “corporate interests” but to a network of supporters/donors, even at the grassroots level) who could get things done in D.C.

    The notion that Congressman Swalwell’s outpacing her — in some cases, 40-1 — in fundraising isn’t because the Congressman cozied up to corporate interests. It’s because he’s doing the job well.