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CD-47: DeLong Raised More & Has More Cash on Hand Than All Opponents Combined; Lowenthal Second; Kuykendall Distant Third

Posted by Chris Nguyen on April 18, 2012

Gary DeLong, Steve Kuykendall, and Alan Lowenthal

Councilman Gary DeLong (R-Long Beach), former U.S. Congressman Steve Kuykendall (R-Long Beach), and State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach)

In the CD-47 race, the lion’s share of the money has definitely been raised/held/spent by Councilman Gary DeLong (R-Long Beach).  DeLong raised $572,501, spent $168,209, and has $404,292 cash on hand (with only $6,000 in unpaid bills).  What’s even more stunning is that 97% of the money DeLong raised was from individuals, with only 3% coming from PACs.

State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) raised $378,409, spent $95,119, and has $283,291 cash on hand (with $13,149 in unpaid bills).  59% of the money Lowenthal raised was from individuals, with 39% coming from PACs.

PACs only contributed to Lowenthal and DeLong but Lowenthal received almost 9 times what DeLong did in PAC money, yet the strength of DeLong’s contributions from individuals powered him well past Lowenthal.

Former Congressman Steve Kuykendall (R-Long Beach) raised $103,968 (excluding his $20,000 personal loan), spent $98,552, and has $5,416 cash on hand (excluding his $20,000 personal loan, and with $14,890 in unpaid bills).

For visual learners:

Candidate Contributions Candidate
Expenditures Cash on
COH Minus
Unpaid Bills
COH Minus
Unpaid Bills
& Loans
DeLong (R) $572,501 $0 $6,000 $168,209 $404,292 $398,292 $398,292
Lowenthal (D) $378,409 $0 $13,149 $95,119 $283,291 $270,142 $270,142
Kuykendall (R) $103,968 $20,000 $14,890 $98,552 $5,416 -$9,474 -$29,474

(Of the minor candidates, Republican Sanford Kahn gave his own campaign $9,350, spent $8,636, and has $713 cash on hand while Democrat Peter Mathews raised $120 [excluding a $50 contribution from himself], spent $104, and has $110 cash on hand.  Democrat Usha Shah reported no money raised and no cash on hand.  Democrat Jay Shah [Usha’s husband] and Republican Steve Foley did not report any activity.)

DeLong’s $572,501 was 54% of all money raised in the CD-47 race, and his $404,292 cash on hand is 58% of all cash on hand in the CD-47 race.  DeLong’s $168,209 in spending was 45% of all money spent so far in the CD-47 race, with 27% spent by Kuykendall, 26% spent by Lowenthal, and 2% spent by the minor candidates.

DeLong is the clearly the winner in the money race by a substantial margin, and will likely advance beyond June, setting up a November showdown between DeLong and Lowenthal.  The question for November is: how much money will the NRCC and DCCC drop on this race?

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