By Jean Merl
October 16, 2014

Paul Chabot and Elan S. Carr have some things in common. Both are Republicans and first-time candidates, running this fall for open seats in Congress. Both are military veterans and they have the same campaign strategist.

But they differ sharply in their ability to raise money for their respective races, reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission show.

Carr, of Beverly Hills, is running an uphill race in a strongly Democratic district to succeed liberal lion Rep. Henry A. Waxman D-(Beverly Hills), who is retiring after 40 years in Congress. Yet Carr, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who has prosecuted gang and other violent crimes, has been able to raise nearly $1.2 million for his campaign.

While that is not as much as the almost $1.7 million raised by his opponent, state Sen Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), it is unusually high for a first-time candidate facing tough odds.

Chabot, on the other hand, has raised just under $249,000 in his Nov. 4 election battle with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, who has brought in nearly $1.8 million for his campaign.

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