By Andrew Edwards
andrew.edwards@ inlandnewspapers.com @InlandGov on Twitter
Posted: 05/05/2013 09:45:08 PM PDT

Assemblywoman Norma Torres has continued to maintain her big fundraising lead in the race for an open state Senate seat, raising more than double the amount collected by her opponent, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon.

Torres’ campaign collected about $117,000 during the March 31 through April 27 filing period. That amount is part of the roughly $698,000 she has raised for the entire special election campaign.

Torres, a Democrat, has collected money from an array of donors including other Democratic politicians and a variety of California political action committees representing business and labor interests up and down the state.

Leon, a Republican, raised about $53,000 during the recent filing period. That amount is part of the more than $303,000 collected throughout the entire campaign. His donors tend to be from business and political interests based in or doing business within Ontario and the broader Inland Empire.

Torres’ major and notable contributors who made donations during and immediately after the most recent filing period include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the California Bankers Association, Chevron, Service Employees International Union Local 100, California Dental PAC, California Professional Firefighters, state Sens. Kevin de Leon and Bill Monning and Emily’s List, a group that supports female candidates who support abortion rights.

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