The candidates seeking to replace Loretta Sanchez in CD-46 held their first debate on Saturday after having released financial disclosure statements just before the weekend. With spin abound, it’s a little hard to distinguish who raised what during the period, so we’ve broken it down and dug up these links that anyone can see.
In order, for Jordan Brandman, click here. For Lou Correa, click here. For Joe Dunn, click here. And for Bao Nguyen, click here. More telling than money raised is the amount of support each candidate has in the district, and we’ll get to that shortly.
Dunn’s campaign sent the following announcement, in a demonstration of fundraising strength, claiming an additional $120,000 in pledges that came in after the September 30 deadline until October 15. Here’s the press release:
|Joe Dunn Raises A Quarter Million Dollars for Congressional Race in One Month
Santa Ana, CA – In a quick demonstration of fundraising strength for the California Congressional District 46 race, Joe Dunn raised more than a quarter million dollars in one month.
Dunn raised a quarter million dollars starting in mid-September through October 15, and took the lead among all candidates for most contributions received during the fundraising period for the quarter. Dunn raised $131,249 as of the September 30 reporting deadline and another $120,000 through October 15 despite not having to fundraise for a campaign in nearly 10 years.
“I’m humbled by the overwhelming response of supporters embracing our campaign fighting for economic fairness for Orange County’s middle class,” said Dunn. “We will be well-positioned to communicate with voters throughout this campaign.”
Joe Dunn has more than three decades of experience holding big corporations and government bureaucracies accountable to Orange County’s middle-class families. Joe made his mark as a lawyer protecting consumers. His dogged pursuit of justice resulted in prohibiting tobacco companies from marketing to children, taking defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals off the market, and stopping cancer-causing chemical releases from a manufacturing plant.
As a State Senator, Joe continued to stand up to the powerful special interests and led the three year investigation into Enron’s manipulation of California’s energy crisis. He is often credited as being “The Man Who Cracked Enron.” Joe also helped lead the effort to pass a local measure ensuring that millions of dollars in state tobacco settlement dollars would be spent on health care in Orange County.
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We’ve contacted the Dunn Campaign twice to ask if they’ll release the list of pledges for the additional $120,000; it’s the transparent thing to do. Dunn’s chief consultant on his campaign hasn’t bothered to return a single phone call or email. So frankly, until the campaign issues a list of pledges, we respectfully call bullshit on the claim. There’s a sign in the Register’s newsroom that applies here too; Your Mother Says She Loves You; Check it Out.
Brandman, Correa and Nguyen have all raised money in the days after the 9/30 deadline — none of them have issued anything beyond what they have reported. If they want to, we’ll ask them to be transparent and reveal a fundraising list. I’m certain Dunn will raise an additional $120,000 by January, but this announcement is being used to demonstrate some magical fundraising ability and that he’s way ahead in this department. It’s dishonest, unless he reveals his list of contributors.
We took a look at individual campaign contributions to each candidate by those contributors who actually have the ability to vote for the candidate they are funding. Its a completely different story. Dunn had 90 contributions counted. Only three of them came from Santa Ana, Anaheim or Orange. Of the $131.069 raised, Dunn’s contribution from the district was $2,250. He received a significant number of contributions from lawyers all over California.
Lou Correa raised $92,474 during the period ending September 30. PACs came in with 11 contributions and those from Santa Ana, Anaheim and Orange totaled $9.925 from 17 individual contributions. Not shabby at all.
Bao Nguyen, who had a number of contributions from Garden Grove that might be in the district but we couldn’t tell exactly, raised $10,200 of his $54,000 and change totals from folks in Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Orange from 13 individual contributions. That number could go higher if some of the Garden Grove contributors do actually reside in the district. Again, not shabby and better than Correa and way better than Dunn despite Nguyen’s launch of his formal campaign days before the deadline.
Anaheim Council Member Jordan Brandman had 45 individual contributions from the district (Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Orange) for a total of $38,886 — or about a third of the $116,000 the campaign reported. The Brandman camp issued their own press release on the results but had to correct some of the numbers. Because all campaigns are spinning numbers, the links above are what’s being reported so go with that.
Is local support more important than total money raised? Yes it is.
In 2006, John Duong challenged Beth Krom for Mayor in Irvine. Duong clearly outraised Krom’s campaign with a significant amount of funds coming into Irvine from Little Saigon. Krom was also up against the deep pockets of the Lincoln Club and other established OC Republican interests. But on election day, Krom crushed Duong clearly demonstrating that you can be outspent by an opponent with very deep pockets and still win.
We’re going to publicly ask the Dunn campaign to release it’s list of contributors who gave after 9/30 and until 10/15. A refusal to do so simply means transparency isn’t something Dunn can be counted on.
In terms of political endorsements for the race, Correa is the clear leaders followed by Brandman. Dunn and Nguyen have no endorsements as of yet.
A disclosure; I have made a small contribution to the Jordan Brandman campaign last quarter and have pledged to make a contribution to the Bao Nguyen campaign (a money order because I don’t want my credit card number or bank account number in Greg Diamond’s apartment as his step-daughter is Bao Nguyen’s treasurer and my schedule didn’t permit me time to take care of that before 9/30); both candidates asked and I made it clear I had made contributions to one of their opponents in the same race as well. The Correa and Dunn campaign have not contacted me for a contribution so none was provided.