Harley Rouda

Strong Fundraising Figure Demonstrates Rouda’s Potent Force in CA-48 Contest


LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Serving as further evidence of his formidability in the race against incumbent Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and for California’s 48th Congressional District seat, today technology entrepreneur and Democrat Harley Rouda’s campaign announced that he had topped $600,000 raised for his campaign.

At the end of last quarter, incumbent Rohrabacher reported $496,494 raised. Rouda’s latest fundraising figure of $601,608 total raised illustrates that he’s nipping at the near 30 year longtime incumbent’s heels.

“Harley Rouda has excelled by every metric — from raising substantial resources to building up an army of grassroots support, and from earning the coveted backing of organizations that represent working families to assembling a blue-chip team of seasoned campaign operatives,” said Michael McLaughlin, Rouda’s campaign manager. “Today’s announcement underscores the fact that our bottom up campaign aimed at taking on Washington’s entrenched establishment to get things done, from tackling climate change to investing in our middle class economy to improving our education system, and more, is continuing to generate energy and excitement every day.”

Just yesterday Rouda was backed by the United Steelworkers Los Angeles/ Orange Counties Legislative Education Committee. They  join several other working families’ organizations in backing Rouda for Congress, including: the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA) Local 582, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36.

Recently, the Democrat made international waves after receiving threats from Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange, which followed a dynamite-infused Washington Post story titled, “Political opponent wants FBI to investigate Rohrabacher in wake of Assange meeting.” The story stems from Democrat Rouda’s request for America’s top domestic law enforcement agency to look into Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s recent meeting with Assange, and to explore the possibility of any collusion with the Russians regarding the 2016 election.

Also, in recent weeks, Rouda picked up the potent endorsement of Dan Jacobson*, Chair of the Democratic Foundation, who wrote the following to Rouda: “Dear Harley,  I write to strongly endorse your run for Congress in California’s 48th District.  Your intelligence, toughness, and compassion will make you an excellent Congressman; and, your good heart makes me proud to endorse you.”

So far Rouda has released two digital video ads, including a hard-hitting video, titled “2 Plans,” where he slams incumbent Dana Rohrabacher for backing Trumpcare, also known as the House GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA).


Click on the screen shot below to view the ad:



To view Rouda’s first digital video ad, “Clean House,” please click on the screen shot below:





Harley Rouda is running to bring much needed common sense solutions, fiscal responsibility, and pragmatic progressivism to the 48th district and our country.  Harley has assembled a diverse coalition of support, including 500+ grassroots volunteers, 50+ precinct captains, working families, community activists and more. As of the last fundraising report, he had outraised the other five Democrats in the race combined.

Harley Rouda is a successful businessman, philanthropist and attorney, who created the firm Real Living. Active in numerous charities and civic organizations over the years, he’s been involved in fighting homelessness and domestic violence; active with Human Rights Watch; supporting education for the disadvantaged as well as supporting access to higher education; saving military jobs; and working with civic organizations to drive economic development. Harley lives in Laguna Beach with his wife; Kaira, and their four kids.

For more information, please visit www.HarleyforCongress.com

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