Campaign reports filed yesterday in the 69th Assembly district race for the period between January 1st through March 17th give Labor activist Julio Perez a lead of about $17,633 in fundraising over his closest challenger. For the last filing period, Perez raised $68,070.84. His closest competitor, Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez, raised $50,438.04 according to her report (where did 84 cents and 4 cents come from?). Both Perez and Martinez remain close in cash-on-hand with Perez at $94,545.67 and Martinez at $91,873.93.
County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly turned in a report showing contributions of $25,159 which leaves him with a cash-on-hand balance of $24,488. Candidates Francisco Barragan and Jose Moreno do not have any committees or filings showing on the Secretary of State’s website. Moreno, a Republican, got into the race in the last minutes before deadline.
In addition to his fundraising lead, Perez expects to benefit from an Independent Expenditure Committee, the OC Dignity PAC, which raised $198,300 to support Perez in the Assembly contest.
The major sources of funding for Perez are organized labor groups. For Martinez her support is coming from members of the Assembly Latino Caucus, Indian Tribes, insurance and petroleum industry interests. Both Daly and Martinez do share at least one major contributor. Oil giant Chevron has contributed $3,900 to each of their campaigns. Martinez will attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles County tonight (it’s OK if you don’t live in Santa Ana as long as you have a check for her) while Perez will host a BBQ fundraiser Sunday at his Santa Ana rental where he’s lived since 2010 according to old fashioned shoe leather reporting from the Voice of OC yesterday.
Since the start of the campaign, Julio Perez has raised in actual campaign donations $182,818.11, $47.781 more than Martinez.