No love for GOP in statewide race finance reports

Republicans are taking a drubbing in trying to raise money for California’s statewide elections, according to campaign finance reports that were due Monday.

Monday was the deadline to file reports for Jan. 1 through March 17, and there wasn’t much good news for the GOP. That might not be surprising, after state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte said recently that statewide races won’t be a priority for his party this year, given that only a few are even competitive (and he wouldn’t say which ones).

Even gubernatorial contender Neel Kashkari seems to have ended his honeymoon with contributors early. Though he said in February that he had raised $976,000 in his campaign’s first two weeks, the report he filed Monday indicated he has raised only about $1.34 million total so far – a signficant slowdown after that first burst, and a pittance next to incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown’s $19.7 million war chest.

So, here’s a sampling of how it’s shaking out as of now; all figures below are as of March 17, and I’ll be updating as reports come in.

Jerry Brown (D)(i) – $19,747,924 cash on hand; $0 debt
Neel Kashkari (R) – $903,478 cash on hand; $93,807 debt
Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount (R) – $8,184 cash on hand; $19,832 debt
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) – $10,766 cash on hand; $149,068 debt

Lt. Governor
Gavin Newsom (D)(i) – $1,915,093 cash on hand; $30,315 debt
Ron Nehring (R) –
George Yang (R) –

Attorney General
Kamala Harris (D)(i) – $3,164,966 cash on hand; $5,044 debt
Ronald Gold (R) –
John Haggerty (R) –
David King (R) –
Phil Wyman (R) –

Secretary of State
state Sen. Alex Padilla (D) – $614,426 cash on hand; $73,900 debt
state Sen. Leland Yee (D) – $134,556 cash on hand; $48,088 debt
Derek Cressman (D) – $77,317 cash on hand; $192,781 debt
Pete Peterson (R) – $1,638 cash on hand; $84,913 debt
Dan Schnur (NPP) – $260,441 cash on hand; $64,390 debt

Assembly Speaker John Perez (D) – $1,792,681 cash on hand; $6,089 debt
Brd of Equalization member Betty Yee (D) – $100,530 cash on hand; $35,672 debt
David Evans (R) –
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin (R) –

Controller John Chiang (D) – $2,037,770 cash on hand; $376 debt
Greg Conlon (R) –

Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones (D)(i) – $1,578,714 cash on hand; $1,777 debt
State Sen. Ted Gaines (R) – $32,000 cash on hand; $12,451 debt

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson (i) – $581,588 cash on hand; $4,624 debt
Marshall Tuck – $454,600 cash on hand; $65,668 debt
Lydia Gutierrez – $6,163 cash on hand; $21,865 debt

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.

  • Willis James

    Secretary of State
    state Sen. Alex Padilla (D) – $614,426 cash on hand; $73,900 debt
    state Sen. Leland Yee (D) – $134,556 cash on hand; $48,088 debt
    Derek Cressman (D) – $77,317 cash on hand; $192,781 debt
    Pete Peterson (R) – $1,638 cash on hand; $84,913 debt
    Dan Schnur (NPP) – $260,441 cash on hand; $64,390 debt

    Did Leland Yee ever really have a chance to win this thing?
    I suspect fund raising is now going to be real challenge between now and June.
    His chance of being in the top two is zilch.

    So who will be #2…. Dan Schnur?

  • Read our story on the reported indictment of Leland Yee here: http://bit.ly/1j40w9Y

  • JohnW

    Well, the best part of your story is the SF firefighters entering the building with a rotary saw, apparently to get to a safe hidden in the building.

    It will be interesting to see what this is all about. I’m not a fan of Yee or his candidacy for Sec of State. But I never thought of him as the corrupt type.

  • Elwood

    One, two, three,

    Bye bye Leland Yee,

    Three four five,

    Do the jailhouse jive,

    Leland Yee!

    They didn’t even give him the courtesy of letting him surrender for booking with his attorney and make bail immediately. They rousted him from his house and hauled him away.

    Looking on the bright side, this should lock up the criminal vote for him.

    In the CA Senate LE has busted a black, a latino and an asian. They need a white boy now to round out their four of a kind.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    LY,: Enemy of the 1%, Champion of the Oppressed, Voice of the Voiceless, Scourge of Privileged Elites–couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  • JohnW

    Leland is a champion of ALL the People. Fighting for gun control in the state senate and teaming up with “Shrimp Boy” to do a little gun trafficking on the down-low. Could be a story-line in the FX TV series, Sons of Anarchy.

  • JohnW

    Mayor of Charlotte, NC resigned today after FBI arrested him on bribery charges.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    So Shrimp Boy isn’t a legal resident. He didn’t need the DREAM Act to get ahead. Shrimp Boy inspires me. Too bad he’s a crook.