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Jerry McNerney, Brad Goehring, David Harmer raise most money in congressional race

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Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 12:00 am

Incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney and Republican challengers Brad Goehring and David Harmer are going neck-and-neck over which candidate has raised the most money for the 11th Congressional District race.

Goehring, a grape grower from Clements, has raised $1.5 million, according to figures submitted Thursday to the Federal Election Commission. Harmer, a San Ramon attorney, has raised $1.4 million, and McNerney, who lives in Pleasanton, has garnered $1.3 million.

Republicans Tony Amador of Lodi and Elizabeth Emken of Danville, also competing in the June 8 primary election, trail in the campaign fundraising. McNerney is unopposed for the Democratic nomination and will face the Republican challenger in November's general election.

McNerney and Harmer have collected the most contributions from political action committees, while Goehring has by far the most contributions in the Lodi area and San Joaquin County in general.

The 11th Congressional District includes most of San Joaquin County, but it also has most of the Livermore and San Ramon valleys, plus the south Santa Clara County city of Morgan Hill.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

Contributions at a glance

Tony Amador
Total contributions (not including loans): $143,353
Refunds: $250
Total net income: $143,103
Loans: Put $10,856 into campaign; loaned himself another $50,000
Expenditures: $172,079.17
Cash at hand: $21,024
Debt owed: $52,826
PAC contribution
McClintock for Congress, $2,000

Elizabeth Emken
Contributions (not including loans): $506,137
Contributions by individuals, $204,502
Loans from self: $300,000
Cash in hand: $253,049
Debt: $200,000
PAC contributions
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, $1,000;
Fluor PAC, $500
Fund for a Responsible Future, $135

Brad Goehring
Total contributions: $1,453,543
Contributions from individuals: $366,316
Contributions from PACs: $9,720
Loans to self: $1,077,506
Cash in hand: $62,333
Debt: $157,749
PAC contributions
Associated Builders and Contractors, $2,500
California Association of Winegrape Growers Federal PAC, $1,000
California Grape & Tree Fruit League, $1,200
Farm PAC, Sacramento, $2,500

David Harmer
Total contributions: $1,405,975
Contributions from individuals: $204,502
PAC contributions: $9,720
Loans to self: $300,000
Debt: $60,479
PAC contributions ($4,000 and higher)
Free and Strong America, $7,500
Performant Financial Corp, $10,000
ACA International, $12,500
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, $5,000
Lincoln Club of Northern California, $5,000
21st Century PAC, $1,000, $4,000
Gun Owners of America, $4,000

Jerry McNerney
Total contributions: $1,338,312
Contributions from individuals: $800,857
PAC contributions: $532,504
Contributions from Democratic Party: $150
Loans to self: $14,076
Other: $12,712
Cash in hand: $994,093
Debt owed: $9,182
PAC Contributions ($4,000 and higher)
Ameripac, $5,000, $5,000 earmarked, $5,000
AT&T Federal, $4,650
Bridge PAC, $10,000
Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee United, $5,000
American Crystal Sugar Co., $10,000
IBEW-COPE, $10,000
Engineers Political Education Committee, $10,000
Solidarity PAC, $5,000, $5,000
United Food and Commercial Workers, $5,000
MEBA, $5,000
AFSCME, $4,000
Ironworkers Political Action League, $5,000
IUPAT, $10,000
L A PAC, $5,000
Laborers International Union, $5,000
Machinists Nonpartisan Political League, $5,000
National Cable and Telecommunications Association, $5,000
United Association Political Education Committee, $5,000
American Association for Justice, $4,000

Lodi-area contributions

Jerry McNerney
Michael Eaton, conservation programs manager, Galt, $750
Joye Evans, retired, Woodbridge, $250
Susan Peters, plant breeder, Lockeford, $350
Roger Vincent, radiologist, Lodi, $500
Mary Anne Poore, CPA, Lodi, $75

Tony Amador
Job Sanchez, Lodi, owner, Casa Mexicana restaurant, event costs, $240
Terry Edwards, Action Vending, Clements, $200

David Harmer
Alice Kidd, homemaker, Lodi, $2,400
Mark Kidd, Mar-Val Food Stores, Acampo, $2,400
Sandra Cook, retired, Lodi, $2,400
Thomas Reed, retired, Lodi, $300
Darrell Drummond, $500, business owner, Lodi
Jim Cook, owner, Calva Products, $4,800
Neil Anderson, engineer, Lodi, $1,000
Janel Johnson, homemaker, Lodi, $250

Brad Goehring
Frank Alegre Sr., Alegre Trucking, Lodi, $1,500
Steven Quashnick, president, Quashnick Farms, Acampo, $500
Edward Van Diemen, farmer, Lodi, $250
Jagpal Batth, Inder Singh Farms, Lodi, $500
Beverly Borra, homemaker, Lodi, $300
Pieter Den Hartog, farm management, Lodi, $500
Margaret Fry, occupation unknown, Lodi, $1,000
Shirley Goehring, retired principal, Lodi, $900
Mike Hakeem, land-use attorney, Stockton, $1,500
Harry Stafford, retired, Lodi, $300
Teresi Enterprises, Lodi, $300
Donald Wortley, DSW AG owner, Lodi, $500
Fred Weibel, Weibel Family Wine Group president, Woodbridge, $300
Tiger Lines, Lodi, $1,200
S&L Investments, Woodbridge, $600
John Kautz, Ironstone Vineyards, Lodi, $1,500, plus $480 in wine
Brad Lange, winegrape grower, Acampo, $2,500
Randall Lange, winegrape grower, Acampo, $2,500
Robert Lawson, farmer, Lodi, $1,200
Twin Vines, Woodbridge, $300
Rodney Schatz, farmer, Lockeford, $2,200
Donald Reynolds, grower/shipper, Lodi, $2,400
Mark Shimozaki, grape grower, Lodi, $1,200
John Shoup, land surveyor, Clements, $300
Edward Van Diemen, farmer, Lodi, $600
Beverly Borra, homemaker, Lodi, $243 worth of wine
Steve Borra, agribusiness, Lodi, $1,200
Claude Brown, Ag Industrial president, Lodi, $600
George Brown, retired, Woodbridge, $1,200
Paul Burkner, executive, Lodi, $600
Leonard Cicerello, owner, Lodi Olive Oil Co., $300
Douglas Clark, Bear Creek Winery supervisor, Lodi, $250
Mark Woehl, Locust Tree Vineyards owner, $300
Todd Anderson, farmer, Acampo, $1,200
Dennis Altnow, Tiger Lines, Lodi, $600, $600
Gary Bohnet, grape farmer, Lodi, $500
Jack Chase, Viking Mechanical Farm Repair, Lodi, $300, $300
Alex Delu, grape grower, Lodi, $1,200
John Giffigna, farmer, Lodi, $500
Vernon Hansen, farmer, Lodi, $300
Robert Hartzell, Harmony Wynelands Winery, Lodi, $600
Robert Jones, equipment business owner, Lodi, $1,200
Gail Kautz, farmer, Lodi, $1,200
Caroline Lange, Lodi, $2,400
John Ledbetter, Vino Farms owner, Lodi, $2,400
Rudy Maggio, Oak Ridge Winery owner, Lodi, $2,400
Jerome McDonald, doctor, Lodi, $2,400
Bruce Mettler, farmer, Lodi, $2,400
Larry Mettler, Arbor Vineyards, $2,400
James Molles, grape grower, $600
Michael Manna, ranch owner, Acampo, $1,200
Matt Perman, owner of Perman Brothers, Acampo, $2,400
Linda Alberti, Farmer, Lodi, $500
Bruce Bates, masonry owner, Woodbridge, $1,200
Dennis Bennett, retired, Lodi, $300
Joseph Berghold, retired, Lodi, $300
Petre Biglieri, farmer, Clements, $1,200
Robert Bishofberger, farmer, Lodi, $300
Bruce Blodgett, Farm Bureau, Stockton, $150
Greg Burns, winemaker, Jessie's Grove, Lodi, $300
Robert Caffese, farmer, Lodi, $1,200
Gregory Costa, partner, Lodi, $1,000
Joe Cotta, winegrower, Galt, $2,400
Eric Daegling, Bank of Stockton exec., Lodi, $150
Barbara Den Hartog, farm management, Lodi, $300
Lillian Diede, Diede Construction owner, Woodbridge, $1,200
Ernest Dosio, farmer, Lodi, $300
Carl Elkins, farmer, Victor, $100
Elene Ferrero, homemaker, Lodi, $300
Donal Ford, Ford Construction. Co. owner, Lodi, $1,200
Bruce Fry, assistant operations manager, Mohr-Fry Ranches, Lodi, $300
Norma Jean Gates, retired school administrator, Lodi, $500 plus $831 in-kind at meet-and-greet fundraiser.
Cathy Goehring, homemaker, Victor, $300
Clifford Goehring, quantum Network Services, Woodbridge, $150
Pat Hale, farmer, Lodi, $300
Jack Hamm, Lima Ranch owner, Lodi, $300
Dennis Hauser, lawyer, Acampo, $2,400
Robert Hesseltine, realty owner, Lodi, $1,600
Tom Hoffman, farmer, Acampo, $2,400
Chuck Holman, Kimball Midwest, Victor, $300
Erin Hopps, Wine & Roses catering sales manager, Lodi, $300
Richard Kludt, petroleum marketer, Lodi, $600
Robert Lawson, farmer, Lodi, $2,400
William Lawson, grape farmer, Lodi, $1,000
Beulah Lewis, vineyardist, Lodi, $300
Ken Lung, tire service owner, Lodi, $300
Jerome McDonald, doctor, Lodi, $2,400
Susan McDonald, physician, Lodi, $2,400
Bill Meehleis, modular building contractor, Lodi, $500
Joe Mehrten, Grand Oaks Inn owner, Clements, $300
Frank Mills, owner, Lodi, $1,200
Richard Neuharth, retired, Lodi, $100
Steven Nickel, farmer, Lodi, $200
Cynthia Olagary Farms, Woodbridge, $300
Kent Raverty, Viaggio Farms, Acampo, $1,200
Mel Roush, business owner, Woodbridge, $2,400
Ron Silva, farmer, Galt, $1,200
John Stabler, farmer, Lockeford, $300
Lisa Staples, Hammer Trucking owner, $300
Bill Stokes, farmer, Thornton, $2,400
Leonard Thompson, retired, Lodi, $150
Dave Vaccarezza, Good Earth Farms/CWR Industries/PRE president/owner, Woodbridge, $800
Carolyn Van Exel, dairy farmer, Lodi, $1,000
Keith Watts, vineyard owner, Acampo, $300
Fred Weibel, vineyardist, Woodbridge, $504 in wine
Donald Wortley, DSW AG owner, Lodi, $2,400

Source: Federal Election Commission

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  • posted at 2:18 pm on Thu, Jun 3, 2010.


    dogs4you...dump Pelosi, who by the way would make a great Halloween mask.I am angry with you now... as a dentist supporter economically, I am horrified at the idea of a Pelosi Halloween mask... it will frighten so many ... no body gets candy... and teeth get better... dentists are out of business...please... stop talking about her as a "mask"... it would be tooooo effective, especially if it were a talking mask.

  • posted at 2:09 pm on Thu, Jun 3, 2010.


    pre$$ure$on " I'm hoping that the three worn out female senators Feinstein, Boxer and Pelosi are bounced Pre$$... I was mistaken about you obviously... if you want these three out... you have my humble apology.However, you are still one nasty person who constantly puts down people in a very personal way. Maybe I thought you were on the left because most left leaning people I come in contact with behave and talk like you. Also, many of your comments mirror left leaning people. I will read your comments more carefully from a different light now.Again, sorry for the misunderstanding.

  • posted at 8:08 am on Thu, Jun 3, 2010.


    Contentado, are you really under the silly impression that Goehring had a smooth million in his bank account? He most likely took out a loan against his assets. That's putting your own money where your mouth is, which I admire.

  • posted at 8:04 am on Thu, Jun 3, 2010.


    The only plus McNerney had going for him the last time is he was running against Pombo. No Pombo this time, so he will be gone.

  • posted at 2:05 pm on Wed, Jun 2, 2010.


    how can you possibly report that goehring is ahead when he loaned himself over a million bucks???? LOLWOW - he must have REALLY tightened his belt when his crop froze. What? No trip to Europe that year..what a joke. Brad won't stand a CHANCE against McNerny - too many skeletons in his closet that McNerny won't hesitate to capitalize on.

  • posted at 9:10 am on Wed, Jun 2, 2010.


    Ummm... Did I miss something? How can Brad Goehring be ahead in fundraising when well over 2/3 of what he has raised came from a personal loan of over one million dollars to himself? I don't begrudge him being rich. After all, that's the American dream. However, if you check your math Harmer is well in the fundraising lead. It's nice to support the home-town boy and all, but your editorial board should come clean about it. You should also avoid obfuscating your facts.

  • posted at 1:22 pm on Mon, May 31, 2010.


    IMO: you got that right. Seems to me that if you take something without paying for it, your stealing, if you enter without getting an OK your trespassing, medical services for free, legal services for nothing, wrong. What part of illegal don`t these people understand. I was under the impression that the voting pamphlets would be printed in English only. Wrong about that.Pre$$ure, while I agree with you, only boxer can be put out to pasture. Feinstine is not up for reelection and the Republicans have to take control of the house to dump Pelosi, who by the way would make a great Halloween mask.

  • posted at 8:06 am on Mon, May 31, 2010.


    those three DO need to go. don't forget about waters. she's another one of those out of touch and out to lunch progressive wackos. reduce the size of govt, reduce spending, and reduce taxes.uh, why do we print our voting guides and what not in english AND SPANISH? this is America! if you can't read english, you shouldn't get to vote. to be a citizen, one should read, write, and speak english. is it just me...

  • posted at 6:34 am on Mon, May 31, 2010.


    I'm hoping that the three worn out female senators Feinstein, Boxer and Pelosi are bounced for good and replaced with some forward thinking independent females that aren't already half dead.

  • posted at 6:05 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    I'm still undecided between Harmer and Emken.I'm surprised to learn that, even though Goehring's from a prominent and prosperous family, he never finished college. That would give Democrats ammo in a debate - even if Goehring was an intelligent person, they'd constantly point to his lack of education. Unfortunately, the era of Harry Truman has passed, and candidates without degrees just don't appear as qualified as those who have them.

  • posted at 5:54 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    veritas wrote on May 30, 2010 3:36 PM:" Pressure: True about Goehring grass roots money, but note all the McNebbish money comes from unions [whether the rank and file agree to it or not].Dogs: good summary.Dont know who will come out in the end, but Nancy's favorite boot licking water carrier has to go. Where is that McNebbish wind company anyway ?? "He hasn't had the chance to vote on cap n' tax legislation to make it happen yet. When he gets that chance, he will, and he'll get rich, whether or not it produces much. Sweet.

  • posted at 4:59 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    surfer. where do you get the idea I'm from the left and support McNerney? The only politicians that I supprot at this point in time are Ken Vogel, JoAnne Mounce and Alyson Huber. I'm registered non-partisan and couldn't give a damn about any party and vote solely on which candidate most represents my ideas and thoughts. I know it's hard for you in your little sheepherds to see past the fence in your own little spinning worlds.

  • posted at 4:27 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    surfglider: I re-read you post. Your "jerry has worked hard" set me off. He has followed the leftist, socialist, pelosi template, carried water, and licked boots to get where he is and it looked to me like you were endorsing his tactics. If I am wrong, I am wrong.

  • posted at 3:47 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    veritas... I’m curious... are you thinking I support or approve of McNerney? I’m confused as to what you conclude from my comments. I.. like you, want McNerney gone as I think he does not represent local interests. Please clarify

  • posted at 3:34 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    dear: surfgliderdb McNebbish was given the veteran issue because the demonrats control everything and they known the smallest of trinkets to the vets knowing it will stimulate people like you. McNebbish knows nothing unless Nancy tells him what to do.

  • posted at 1:59 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    pre$$ure$on ... Imagine that... someone using his own money in a campaign...He must be a real bad person to do that.. I guess if he should do like your good friend McNerney... tap into big labor and many bay area unions after union that will pull his strings later.I understand that the long list of local donnors is scary to you ... a republican that be held accountable to local interests as opposed to McNerney... your Bay area man... good thinking Pre$$

  • posted at 12:47 pm on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    ChetW... Its funny you consider Jerry someone from our area... in reality, he is a bay area favorite who would have never been elected in this area had redistricting not taken place. I think Jerry has worked hard... but its been to convince people like you that he has San Joaquin residents best interest at heart...

  • posted at 10:36 am on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    Pressure: True about Goehring grass roots money, but note all the McNebbish money comes from unions [whether the rank and file agree to it or not].Dogs: good summary.Dont know who will come out in the end, but Nancy's favorite boot licking water carrier has to go. Where is that McNebbish wind company anyway ??

  • posted at 10:12 am on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    Dogs, let's be realistic. If we could harness the hot air and wind from all those spinning politicos, we'd have more than the energy we need.

  • posted at 7:48 am on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    Thanks Jerry for 2,700 pages of Health Care that nobody ever read, as Pelosi said, lets get it passed and then we will read it. Also thanks for Tax & Trade. When it comes to wind power NcNerney sure talks maga-watts. Concerning Tax and Trade, better read what it`s all about, gas will cost more so less Americans will drive, and electricy will cost more so Americans will use less. Jerry got to go. As far as the guy in the oval office is concerned, One and Done.

  • posted at 2:23 am on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    Chet: Just where is that wind energy company again ?

  • posted at 1:43 am on Sun, May 30, 2010.


    Raising money is certainly important in any race for Congress. What is more important is the person and they way they represent the people in the district. In Jerry McNerney we have a Rep that lives in the district and works very hard for what is important to the people in the District. His leadership and support for our veterans, soldiers and families has be important and real. His bill to improve health care for our wounded soldiers was recently signed into law. Thank you Jerry McNerney.

  • posted at 1:29 pm on Sat, May 29, 2010.


    It's sad to see so much money spent on advertising and other costs.

  • posted at 11:45 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.


    pre$$ure$on - Campaign finance is ALREADY legislated badly - what we need in no limits and 24hour electronic reporting. Let voters be informed decide with their votes. LNS does a real service publishing a list of contributors but they could just direct folks to a website..

  • posted at 5:02 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.


    I see many of the good old boys and girls on Goehring's contribution list, but why "borrow over one million smackers from yourslef? Nor any candidate using their own money for campaign funds? And let's not forget those contributions of cash or check under $99 that are not considered reportable? Campaign finance reform needs to be legislated badly.



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