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Rep. Waxman Maintains Large Fundraising Lead

Ahead of the June 5 election, Waxman reported having more than four times as much cash on hand as his next opponent in the election for the 33rd Congressional District.

Fundraising figures released by the Federal Elections Commission showed that Rep. Henry Waxman, a longtime member of Congress running in the newly configured 33rd Congressional District, has four times as much cash to spend than his next closest opponent ahead of the June 5 primary election.

Waxman, a staunch Democrat who has served in Congress since 1975, reported having  $894,733 cash on hand at the end of the pre-primary reporting period Thursday that covered contributions from April 1 through May 16. Waxman's campaign reported contributions this filing period of $21,276 and overall contributions of $434,866 to date, according to the FEC data. The campaign had net operating expenditures of $9,908 this period and $198,500 to date.

Candidate Bill Bloomfield, who listed no party identification, reported having cash on hand of $215,672, with contributions of $1.1 million this period and net expenditures of $919,014.

Green Party candidate David Steinman reported cash on hand of $50,000, with zero contributions and expenditures this reporting period. Zein Obagi cash on hand of $9,878 and contributions this period of $23,930.

Eight candidates were certified to compete in the race, but only four filed pre-primary campaign financing reports with the FEC, according to online data.

Steve Collett, a Libertarian, reported cash on hand of $147,229 during the previous reporting period that covered contributions from Jan. 1 through March 31, but no pre-primary campaign finance data was available.

Waxman is moving from his 30th Congressional District to the newly drawn 33rd Congressional District. The new district now includes Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes and runs north through slivers of Marina del Rey and Venice and also includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, Westwood, Beverly Hills and the communities of Brentwood, West L.A. and the Pacific Palisades.

Waxman, 72, received a $1,000 contribution this reporting period from well known defense attorney Harland Braun, who successfully defended one of the officers in the Rodney King beating case and celebrity clients ranging from Robert Blake to Gary Busey.

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary election. The June 5 primary election will include elections for U.S. President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, as well as state Senate and state Assembly races.

The winner of California's 33rd congressional race will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 3, 2013. The expansive district is heavily Democratic. Of the 430,618 registered voters, only 28 percent are Republicans.

(Correction: Updated Saturday, May 26, to correct that Bloomfield has no party identification.)

Jenny W May 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
You seem to be pro CISPA??? CISPA is a really, really bad idea. Having ISP's sending all our private e-mails to the NSA is simply unacceptable.
Another WorldView May 28, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Yeah Marshall - I guess I do. But the reason that Mexico goes after Central Americans has a lot to do with US political pressure - and of course the FASCIST DEATH SQUADS which the US trains and installs in those countries, for the benefit of the US' 1%, historically. You can't look at the death squads in Guatemala, for instance, without looking at the history of US intervention there, on behalf of United Fruit Co., the Dulles Brothers et al, against Arbentz etc.. Migration is a global phenomena driven by many factors - economics and politics amongst them. Why is it, that the US and global elites have created a system under which Corporations (fictional beings with no inalienable right to exist), Capital and goods may flow unimpeded across these fictional lines in the sand - but people cannot?
Marshall Thompson May 28, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Your comments about "Europeans" are simply another name for your own racism. Man up, my friend, you are a Marxist and you hate white people and capitalism, do I guess right? Another Mecha clone, without the pelotas to post under your own name, just like I have been watching since the 1970s. You are the same as the KKK, just moreno. There is plenty of blame to go around, both for the US and other countries as well. Maybe instead of seeing a racist or fascist under everyone's bed, you can do something constructive to make it a better world. Talk - and anger - are cheap. No to uncontrolled immigration. We are a nation of laws.
Another WorldView May 28, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Sorry dude - I'm Scottish, not "moreno". Nice try though. Were the act of unchecked US-aggression, known as the Mexican-American War, being fought today, however - I would either be a 'San Patricio(s)' or a C.O. . You should take a look at the letter from William Penn to the 'first peoples' of the area next to become known as Pennsylvania, it was a much more concillatory start to their relationship, than the racist murder advocated by later Pennsylvanians - like Ben Franklin. Putting on blinders, to the Racist-fascist nature of your own country doesn't help you do anything constructive - and the venom in your comments seems to confirm that. Ever notice what those things on the wall behind the House Speaker are? I suppose that you support slavery, Jim Crow "laws" and segragation too, then? Injustice can never truly be the "Law" - read Brown Vs. Board of Education if you doubt the legal basis for this statement. How about we say no to uncontolled immigration for fictional beings and Capital - before we remove the inalienable rights given by God to Mankind?
Another WorldView June 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
If anyone still cares about this issue enough to still be receiving updates on the article - or stumbles across these comments searching the patch - this article seems like a fairly thorough discussion on the points I was trying to raise here... http://truth-out.org/news/item/9685-the-school-of-the-americas-the-cia-and-the-us-condoned-cancer-of-torture-continues-to-spread-in-latin-america-including-mexico#.T9hbHjsw9BY.email

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