Santa Monica Lookout
|Shriver Campaign Nears $2 Million Mark, with $1 Million in Personal Contributions||
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By Daniel Larios
May 23, 2014 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has raised nearly $1.9 million for his bid for 3rd District County Supervisor thanks to personal contributions totaling some $1 million, according to his campaign.
With less than two weeks to go before the June 3 primary, his main rival, former State Senator Sheila Kuehl, has raised $1.2 million, according to her campaign. West Hollywood Council member John Duran has raised about $400,000.
"Since I announced my candidacy in mid-January, our campaign has been able to raise almost $900,000 from our supporters at $300 or less,” Shriver said in a statement Thursday.
“These donors include people with whom I've worked in business, in the non-profit world, and in local government. Also included among these donors are many of my friends and family members."
As of the latest filing deadline May 17, the Shriver Campaign said it had received $ 1,880,295 in total contributions since January 2014, including $ 880,290 from individual donors giving $300 or less.
More than 3,200 individual donors have contributed, according to the campaign, which reported having $539,800 cash in hand.
As of March, Kuehl had received some 2,500 donations from more than 1,900 contributors.
“I feel very good going into the primary,” Kuehl to the Lookout. “We will hit or achieve our minimum expenditure budget and I think we reached our voters very well.”
Kuehl is already preparing for a runoff in the general election and is confident supporters will continue to contribute to her campaign.
“I think it’s a much shorter time between January to November, so we have to raise around the same amount to reach the number of voter needed,” she said. “People have been very generous and they told me they’re ready to do it again and help again.”
John Duran, who is widely considered a dark horse candidate, has reportedly raised more than $400,000 for his campaign.
“Campaign reports filed. Over $400,000 raised! Momentum building. A breath of fresh air downtown on the Board of Supervisors! 11 days,” Duran tweeted on his Twitter account.
Former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley-Ulich is running a grassroots campaign, taking a stand against the influence of money and special interest groups in politics, she says.
Conley Ulich could not be reached for comment at time of publication.
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