AD-55: Chen’s Warchest Exceeds All Opponents Combined
Posted by Chris Nguyen on May 9, 2016
Walnut Valley Unified School District Trustee Phillip Chen (R-Diamond Bar) dominates fundraising, spending, cash-on-hand, and even loans in the 55th Assembly District race. Chen’s contributions, cash-on-hand, and loans each exceed that of all his opponents combined while his expenditures exceed that of his next two closest opponents combined.
At the end of 2015, Chen’s cash-on-hand was $141,556, more than 4.5 times that of his opponents combined. Councilmen Steve Tye (R-Diamond Bar) and Mike Spence (R-West Covina) had a combined total of $31,597. Councilman Ray Marquez (R-Chino Hills) and Social Worker Gregg Fritchle (D-Walnut) did not begin raising money until 2016.
In 2016, Chen raised $169,276, with all four of his opponents raising only a combined total of $99,461.
In expenditures, Chen spent $82,352, with all four of his opponents spending a combined total of $84,388. Chen outspent any two of his opponents combined. (Tye’s $44,868 surpassed the combined $39,520 spent by Spence, Marquez, and Frithcle.)
For extra measure, Chen lent his campaign $100,000, with his opponents having a combined total loan amount of $12,250.
Chen’s cash-on-hand of $228,505 nearly quadrupled his opponents’ combined total of $57,318. Even after subtracting out unpaid bills and loans, Chen’s $115,695 is nearly triple his opponents’ combined total of $39,410.
Chen has significant resources available to him to deliver his message to the voters while Spence has enough money remaining for 1-2 mailers, with the other candidates struggling to fund even one mailer. Chen, Tye, and Fritchle were all defeated by then-Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) in 2014. However, with Chang not seeking re-election to the Assembly (opting instead to run for the Senate), this allowed the other three to again contest the seat just two years later, joined by Spence and Marquez.
Here’s the complete run-down:
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand
|Notes: Figures may be off by one dollar due to rounding.|