CA-36 Act Blue Fundraising Stats Only A Geek Could Love

As of this morning, Janice Hahn is leading, with Debra Bowen a close second, and Marcy Winograd a distant third. Here’s how this breaks down:

Janice Hahn – $49,467 from 207 donors (average donation = $238.97)

Debra Bowen – $40,755 from 474 donors (average donation = $85.98)

Marcy Winograd – $1,320 from 34 donors (average donation = $38.82)

It’s important to note that Act Blue accounts for only a portion of a candidate’s fundraising efforts (I’ve heard estimates of anywhere from 10% to 30%), but as an indicator of fundraising progress I think it’s probably pretty representative of where the candidates are in relation to one another.

There’s a couple of things I take away from this. First, Hahn has half the donor base of Bowen, but their pockets are far deeper. In the last 24 hours alone, 2 donors were responsible for $7,500 in donations to Hahn’s campaign.

Secondly, Winograd’s campaign this cycle is far different than her campaign against Harman in 2010. In that campaign, she raised nearly $90,000 from 3,182 supporters.  

Winograd and her supporters may have a heavy presence on the California Progressive Caucus listserves, Twitter, and the comment sections of blogs this election cycle, but their passion has yet to translate into real world results.

Meanwhile, up to 19 candidates have filed so far for the CA-36 race, including our first Tea Party candidate, Republican Craig Huey, who announced his candidacy at a dinner meeting of the the South Bay Open Carry movement.

The number of candidates pretty much guarantees no one candidate will succeed in winning the May 17th election outright. Under the new “top two” primary election rules, if no candidate receives 50%+1 of the votes, the top two voter-getters will advance to a July 12th election.  If the Act Blue numbers are any indication, it’s looking more and more likely that those candidates with be Debra Bowen and Janice Hahn.

2 thoughts on “CA-36 Act Blue Fundraising Stats Only A Geek Could Love”

  1. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss any candidate based on these numbers. Marcy Winograd is a strong candidate who garnered 41% of the vote in this district the last time she ran, and after all, it is the voters in CA36 who’s opinions count.

    Winograd is not accepting corporate donations, that’s something voters like about her.

    A few points, she’s considered the anti-war candidate (as America enters yet another war). Bowen did not call for de-escalation in Afghanistan until she knew Winograd was about to enter the race. Winograd is a teacher and the only union member running, and she is a long-time anti-nuclear activist.

    There is no more well qualified candidate for the issues we face today.  

  2. One of the reasons that Winograd is gaining such traction is that she challenges the common wisdom that “real world results” means raising money from “deep pockets”. Winograd is NOT a career politician and she does not have funding from corporations (pretending to be individuals exercising free speech).

    Winograd is a progressive who challenges the status quo and that is what many of us in the 36th district support.  

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