Update on Krom’s Fundraising

The Krom campaign sent us the attached news item on her fundraising.  She’s doing better than any other Democratic candidate in CD-48 and is gaining traction with conservative voters in Newport Beach who want congressional help to dredge Newport Harbor. 

But we’d like to give a shout out to Rick Reiff for suggesting a TV debate between Krom and Rep. John Campbell on his show; something Krom’s fellow panelist Adam Probolsky told Krom “he’d advise (Campbell) against.”  So does this mean the Republican strategy is for Campbell not to debate Krom?  Shouldn’t Campbell have to come before voters and explain why his principled stance against earmarks — at $16-$18 billion on a federal budget of $3.6 trillioon (or as Matt Cunningham would say, “toenail clippings”) — and explain why he should be sent back to Washington to make sure we don’t get any federal dollars back in return for what we send to Washington?

The answer is simple: Campbell is afraid of her.  Campbell can outraise with every quarter with PACs and his own bank account, but he’s only one vote.  Krom’s strength in the district is found by large numbers of individuals who can and will vote for real representation in Washington. 

Here’s Krom’s release:

Media Inquiries: Lori Vandermeir


Congressional Candidate Beth Krom (CA 48) Enjoys Strong Local Support
IRVINE, CA April 22, 2010 — The Beth Krom for Congress campaign (CA 48) today released their 2010 first quarter fundraising report.

Challenging Republican incumbent John Campbell, Democratic challenger Beth Krom added $75,175 to her campaign coffers, with Campbell only slightly ahead at $101,457.

The real contrast, however, is where the support was generated. Almost 95 percent of Krom’s first quarter contributions came from individual supporters. With about 90 percent of those funds raised from Orange County contributors, Krom continues to demonstrate strong local support.

By contrast, Campbell, raised just under 30 percent from individual donors in the district, with almost 50 percent of his first quarter funds provided by corporate PACs.

Krom stated, “The fact that we’ve raised most of our money from people who live here in Orange County is important, since these are people who vote in the district and have a personal stake in the outcome of this race. Just as important, we continue to raise not just from Democrats, but also from Republican and Decline-to-State voters, reinforcing our message that this race is not about partisanship, it’s about leadership.”

In overall fundraising, Krom has raised about $375,000 to date, more than any previous challenger in the district has raised in total, with seven months remaining in the campaign.

While the incumbent has claimed more than $1 million in funds, it should be noted that $315,000 came from a personal loan, and another $300,000 came from corporate PACs. Individual contributions account for the balance.

Krom has implemented a city-by-city strategy to reach voters throughout the district, which includes the cities of Irvine, Newport Beach, Tustin, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and portions of Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano.

To learn more about the Beth Krom for Congress campaign, visit www.BethKrom.com.

  1 comment for “Update on Krom’s Fundraising

  1. Eric Cooper
    April 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Sorry, Ms. Krom’s fundraisng parties are too expensive for me.

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