Santa Monica Lookout
|Carr Ahead of Lieu in Fundraising for Congressional Race||
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By Daniel Larios
July 30, 2014 -- In the contest to replace U.S. Congressman and Democratic stalwart Henry Waxman, Republican attorney Elan Carr is attracting money from all over the country as he battles against Democrat and front-runner state Sen. Ted Lieu to represent the district that includes Santa Monica.
Carr raised $434,873 during the filing period covering May 15 to June 30, according to the Federal Election Commission. Lieu collected $360,239 during the same stretch.
"It's this kind of broad support that puts us in such a great position to win in November," said Carr, who was the top vote-getter in last month's primary, although many political observers attributed this result to voters spreading their support among several Democratic candidates in the field.
He added, "I feel incredibly fortunate and grateful that so many have invested in my campaign and believe in what we're fighting for. Washington and Sacramento have completely lost touch with reality and we need representatives who will fight for true accountability while working to advance common-sense reforms."
Carr also ended the period with more cash-on-hand than Lieu, finishing with $245,822. Lieu ended the cycle with $204,438.
Despite collecting less money than his opponent, Lieu issued a positive statement about his fundraising.
“Today’s fundraising totals show tremendous broad-based support for our campaign,” Lieu said. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support. I look forward to keeping the momentum moving forward in this campaign.”
Carr’s disclosure statement was not without controversy.
House Ethics Committee records show Carr’s campaign failed to file a required financial disclosure report for several weeks. According to a July 24 article in the Los Angeles Times, Carr's campaign filed the report Thursday morning, after a Times reporter asked why the disclosure form was missing.
“House Ethics rules require that candidates for congressional seats file forms disclosing their sources of income and other personal financial information to avoid conflicts of interest,” the Times stated.
In his 40 years in Congress, Waxman cultivated a reputation as the liberal lion of the House. The announcement in January of his retirement led to one of the most crowded California elections since the 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis.
The 33rd Congressional District stretches from West Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Malibu through the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Democrats outnumber Republicans within the district by 44 percent to 27 percent, with 18 percent of voters unaffiliated with any party, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office.
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