California’s primary is nearing, so fundraising continues

As the California primary elections near, ballots are still being collected by counties across the state. Candidates continue to raise money.

According to Political Data Inc’s ballot tracker, 1.7 million mail-in ballots have been returned of the more than 22 million sent out — about 8%.

Turnout so far is heavily Democratic, with the party’s registered voters accounting for 52% of ballots turned in. In June, voters will elect candidates for state offices including the governor or attorney general.

The latest campaign finance data shows that in the governor’s race Gavin Newsom so far has raised nearly $10 million this election cycle.

A long list of prominent donors include Disney, Lyft rideshare company, and the California Nurses Association.

Republican state senator Brian Dahle is his opponent. He has raised $1.4million, which includes donations from timber and logging business owners.

Michael Shellenberger, a candidate for no party preference, has raised $995,000 via several maximum contributions from finance, tech and real estate executives.

In the attorney general’s race, Newsom’s appointee Rob Bonta has raised $5.1 million. The California Teachers Association, as well as several labor unions, are two of the major donors.

His no-party-preference opponent Anne Marie Schubert has raised nearly $2 million with her biggest contribution being from one of the state’s largest police lobbying group, the Peace Officers Research Association of California.

Republicans Nathan Hochman & Eric Early have raised $2.2M and $595,000 respectively.

These two candidates will advance to the general election in October.

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