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Lodi-area Democrats top Republicans in cash game

Incumbent McNerney outraises Republican challenger Harmer by more than $900,000

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Jerry McNerney

David Harmer

Dan Lungren

Ami Bera

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:16 am | Updated: 7:09 am, Tue Jul 20, 2010.

Three candidates for the two Lodi-Galt area congressional races have raised more than $1 million apiece for their respective campaigns.

In the Lodi area, incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, of Pleasanton, has outraised Republican challenger David Harmer, of San Ramon, in the 11th Congressional District. McNerney has received $1,687,495 to Harmer's $782,549.15.

Nevertheless, Harmer campaign spokesman Tim Clark says that Harmer is firmly on track to reach his finance goals for the general election, even though Harmer had to fend off three opponents in the June primary while McNerney was unopposed in his party.

Harmer is happy about raising more than $400,000 between April 1 and June 30, according to a news release. Both candidates received small contributions from a few Lodi-area residents, but not significant amounts.

McNerney has a big edge in available cash — referred to in political circles as "cash on hand" — with $1,246,577 to Harmer's $233,046.

"It indicates a strong foundation in grassroots support for the months ahead," McNerney spokeswoman Sarah Hersh said.

While Harmer has less cash available than his opponent, Clark said it's significant that Harmer raised more money in the 2010 calendar year than McNerney did.

"We're going to be competitive in this race," Clark said.

In the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Galt, Democratic challenger Amerish "Ami" Bera, of Elk Grove, has outraised Republican incumbent Dan Lungren, of Gold River, $1,569,704 million to $1,209,437. Neither Lungren nor Bera were opposed in the June primary, so they didn't have to spend their contributions for a costly primary battle.

In District 3, Lungren got no contributions at all from the Galt area, while Bera got some small donations from Galt, Lodi and Clements.

"Not only did we out-fundraise Dan Lungren for the fifth consecutive quarter, but we've done so with the support of thousands of local residents — over 83 percent of our donors are from California," Bera campaign manager Lucinda Guinn said in a news release.

Bera reports having $1,140.083 cash available as of June 30, while Lungren reported $802,367.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

11th Congressional District

Jerry McNerney at a glance

Total: $1,687,495

Loans: None

Cash on hand: $1,246,577

Local donors

Roger Vincent, radiologist, Delta Radiology, Lodi, $500

Mary Anne Poore, CPA, Lodi, $75

Michael Eaton, conservation programs manager, Resources Legacy Fund, Galt, $1,000

Susan Peters, plant breeder, Nunhems, Lockeford, $350

Joye Evans, retired, Woodbridge, $250

Ann Cerney, attorney, Lodi, $500

Steven Dungan, retired letter carrier, Lodi, $50

Leonard Humphreys, retired Army lieutenant colonel, Lodi, $250

Donors contributing $5,000 or more

AFSCME, $10,000

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, $6,000

American Association for Justice, $9,500

Ameripac, $10,000

AT&T Federal, $9,650 plus $350 in food and beverage

Bridge PAC, $10,000

Engineers Political Education Committee, $10,000

Honeywell International, $7,500

Human Rights Campaign, $6,000

IBEW-COPE, $10,000

International Association of Firefighters, $10,000

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, $5,000

Ironworkers PAC, $7,500

IUPAT, $10,000

MEBA, $5,000

National Association of Air Traffic Controllers, $9,000

National Association of Realtors, $5,000

National Beer Wholesalers, $5,000

Safeway, $10,000

Solidarity PAC, $10,000

United Association Political Education Committee, $10,000

United Food and Commercial Workers, $10,000

David Harmer at a glance

Total: $782,549.15

Personal funds for airfare, printing, phone expenses, meals, mileage: $18,275

Loans: None

Cash on hand: $233,046

Local donors

Aaron Van Nortwick, owner, Liron, Lodi: $1,300

Edie Van Noy, retired, Lodi: $100

Ronald Robinson, Sutter Gould Medical Group, Lodi: $200

Thomas Reed, retired, Lodi: $300

Kim Paragoris, operations manager, Mitchell Concrete, Lockeford: $100

Mark Kidd, retail grocer, Mar-Val Foods, Acampo: $2,400

Alice Kidd, homemaker, Lodi: $4,800

Janel Johnson, homemaker, Lodi: $500

Mike Hazalhofer, self-employed speech therapist, Woodbridge: $800

Darrell Drummond, business owner, Lodi: $500

Sandra Cook, retired, Lodi: $4,800

Jim Cook, owner, Calva Products, Lodi: $4,800

Steve Coldani, farmer, Lodi: $500

Corey Brink, physician, Lodi: $250

Robert Beadles, business owner, Lodi: $2,400 (in-kind, signs, voter outreach)

Nicole Beadles, business owner, Lodi: $2,400 (in-kind, signs, voter outreach calls)

Neil Anderson, engineer, Lodi: $1,000

Donors contributing $5,000 or more

ACA International: $20,000

Free and Strong America: $5,000

Performant Financial Corp.: $5,000

Lincoln Club of Northern California: $5,000

21st Century PAC: $10,000

Every Republican is Crucial: $10,000

People for Enterprise Trade and Economic Growth.: $5,000

Citizens United Political Victory Fund: $5,000

The Freedom Project: $10,000

3rd Congressional District

Dan Lungren at a glance

Total contributions: $1,209,437

Candidate contributions: None

Loans: None

Cash on hand: $802,367

Local donors


Donors contributing $5,000 or more

Automotive Free International Trade: $5,000

American Bankers Association Qualified Multi-Candidate Committee: $9,500

Associated Builders and Contractors: $5,000

AT&T: $10,000

BAE Systems USA: $6,000

BASF Corp. Employees: $5,000

SNSF Railpac: $12,000

Chevron employees: $5,000

Citizens United Political Victory Fund: $10,000

Comcast: $5,000

Con-Way: $5,000

CSX Corp. Good Government Fund: $10,000

Dealers Election Action Committee of the national Automobile Dealers Association: $5,000

Employees of Northrop-Grumman Corp.: $6,000

Every Republican is Crucial: $5,000

Expertian North America: $7,500

Gencorp: $5,000

Godaddy.com: $5,000

Gridiron PAC, in care of the National Football League: $5,000

Honeywell International: $10,000

Intel: $10,000

Johnson & Johnson: $7,500

Koch Industries: $5,000

Majority Committee PAC: $5,000

Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC: $5,000

People for Enterprise, Trade & Economic Growth: $5,000

Raytheon: $5,000

Safeway: $10,000

The Freedom Project: $5,000.

Union Pacific Corp.. Fund for Effective Government:: $10,000

Walmart Stores: $7,000

Amerish 'Ami' Bera at a glance

Total contributions: $1,569,704

Candidate contributions: $21,187

Loans: $30,000

Cash on hand: $1,140.083

Local donors

Kathleen Amos, attorney, Galt: $25

Elizabeth Burk, litigation assistant, Galt: $25

Michael Eaton, conservationist, Galt: $500, plus $23 in event expenses.

Lori Heuer, psychologist technician, Galt: $100

George Ann Hornor, retired, Galt: $50

Charity Kenyon, attorney, Galt: $23 in event expense

Mary Shallenberger, no occupation, Clements: $100

Sukh Singh, gas station owner, Lodi: $100

Todd Winters, physician, Galt: $100

Donors contributing $5,000 or more

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447: $5,000

Ameripac: The Fund for a Greater America: $5,000

Bridge PAC: $5,000

NEA Fund for Children and Public Education: $5,000

Supporters of Engineers: $5,000

New Vision America Fund: $10,000

National Air Traffic Controllers Association: $6,000

International Association of Firefighters Interested in Registration and Education: $5,000

IBEW-COPE: $5,000

American Medical Association: $5,000

American Federation of Teachers: $5,000

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: $5,000

American Academy of Ophthalmology: 45,000

— Source: Federal Election Commission.

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  • Honey Mars posted at 11:03 am on Wed, Jul 21, 2010.

    Honey Mars Posts: 20

    Stop confusing union leadership with it's members. Many union member do not agree with union leaders. This is especially true with CTA, ran by progressives. Even the Pres. of CTA, Mr. Sanchez, starts off his op-ed with "Si SE Puede!", part of that cosmopolitan, multicultural, social justice garbage that has been pushing English reading and math levels to it's lowest ever in this state.

    Jerry is just following the socialist progressive coattails.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Jul 21, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I’m not sure why you are convinced oil companies are a republican issue.
    Both parties and all people benefit from the revenue generated in taxes and royalties and many union workers earn good profits from oil companies in their 401 k mutual funds.
    I believe the gas tax combined in California is around 50 cents per gallon which generates many jobs both union and non union. Obama and McCain received millions from oil companies each. In fact, as Obama was projected to win, BP paid much more to the democrats as opposed to the republicans based on self interest. I’m not an advocate for oil companies per say, but I think it is short sited to simply say.... unions good... corporations bad. There are good and bad in all walks of business affairs. Even oil companies have good people working for them at a fair wage.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:36 am on Wed, Jul 21, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    As far as corporations, you should not put all of them in the same basket. If you take a local corporation that has a local office here in Lodi, Blue Shield, you can ask any of the employees there and typically they are very pleased with the wages and benefits they get. They are a corporation.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:36 am on Wed, Jul 21, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    • Jerry Bransom posted at 8:10 pm on Tue, Jul 20, 2010.
    Posts: 46
    It looks to me as though the People VS the Corporations. Unions are representatives of People while Corporations represent the owners of the company.

    Jerry, if this is your world view I can completely understand better the content of your blogs you routinely post. If you think unions are for “ the little guy”, and “ the people”, then of course you would support the candidate the unions support. I have always thought that unions hurt many people as they foster policies that reward poor quality as merit is eliminated from what each person gets in pay. Private industry tends to pay much more to people to produce and pay much less to people who do not. If a union employee leaves the union, and tries to get a job in which they must do a good job, they will not be hired. So the union hurts these people in this situation. I think quality employees who excel are hurt by unions as they can not get a pay increase based on their effort. I think that employees who do a bad job can earn more while protected by a union so in that case I would agree with you that people are helped by unions.

  • Mary Henschel posted at 9:16 pm on Tue, Jul 20, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46

    Oh, please. George Soros and SEIU leaders are the "Little Guy"? Maybe unions are made up of "little guys", but they're not at the top. And they're not the ones drawing the fat pensions either.

    I know, let's just put everyone in unions. And let's give everyone fat pensions. That will totally work. Works for Greece, doesn't it.

    P.S., Cap N Trade will make McNerney personally wealthy. It's not a whole lot better than "big oil". The "big" title changes hands, but there will still be a "big", and it won't be us.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 8:10 pm on Tue, Jul 20, 2010.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    It looks to me as though the People VS the Corporations. Unions are representatives of People while Corporations represent the owners of the company. And I see the Oil Companies are firmly in Harmers pockets. I think I will go with the People's choices, especially the Beer Wholesalers. And it looks like Lundgren will be needing a new job. He has been a lemming for years, no new ideas except how to enrich himself.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:33 pm on Tue, Jul 20, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, of Pleasanton vs...David Harmer, of San Ramon, in the 11th Congressional District. McNerney has received $1,687,495 to Harmer's $782,549.15.

    McNerney almost totally funded by various union groups and Harmon mostly funded by out of area business interests .

    This is the choice that San Joaquin residents have in representing its interests.
    Thanks to redistricting practices, this is what we end up with. In my view this comes close to taxation without representation.



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