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Ricky Gill raises more money than Jerry McNerney in congressional race

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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:31 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

Republican Ricky Gill of Lodi has raised $115,000 more than three-time incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney in the 9th Congressional District race, according to Federal Election Commission figures.

Gill has raised $755,955.91, as of Sept. 30, while McNerney, D-Pleasanton, garnered $639,791.

When combining contributions and expenditures, Gill has $8,000 more cash on hand to spend on his campaign than McNerney.

Gill, in his first run for public office, is delighted with how much money he’s raised so far, saying that it bodes well for next year’s campaign for McNerney’s seat.

Gill’s representatives say that all of Gill’s contributions have come from individual donors, many of whom live in the San Joaquin Valley. On the other hand, Gill’s camp noted that McNerney accepted more than $230,000 from political action committees in the current election cycle, and many of his contributors come from the Bay Area.

McNerney spokeswoman Lauren Smith said that McNerney has consistently raised $3 million for each of his three elections, and he is on pace to do that again with a lot of small donors.

“He has always had broad support from across the district,” Smith said.

Republican candidates John McDonald of Mountain House and Robert Silva II of Stockton have not received enough contributions to meet federal campaign disclosure requirements.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Ronald Brown posted at 8:25 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    gipper Posts: 116

    Mr Werner you are funny. You should consider being a stand up comedian. Isn't Congress that people have so much anger towards run by the Republicans? How can some one from the minority party have so much power into running this country into the ground?

  • Ron Werner posted at 10:56 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    Ron Werner Posts: 73

    Given that every poll shows a complete lack of confidence in our congress and senate why would anyone vote for an incumbent? Oh! Mr Brown, when you say "a fair number of these individuals have engaged in questionable business dealings" you are describing our elected congressmen and senators perfectly. And yes, McNerney does have the advantage of experience. The experience of helping run this country into the ground.

  • Ronald Brown posted at 4:53 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    gipper Posts: 116

    He has raised money, and all of it is from individuals. The media should dig harder into who these individuals are as a fair number of these individuals have engaged in questionable business dealings that Mr Gill would not want exposed. His political campaign could come to an abrupt halt.

    While he does have a small money advantage, McNerney does have the advantage of experience. He has worked in the private sector unlike Mr Gill who does not the vast business functions of the multimillion dollar enterprises in his district. It is interesting to see that he has never taken an internship or job with any large enterprise in his district. His two biggest private sector jobs have been with the Sacramento Kings and Oakland A's.

    How would this experience translate into creating jobs in large and small enterprises in his district? The answer is...not at all!!



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