Money

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 16, 2015

  • Kamala Harris has nearly $3 million, tripling Loretta Sanchez
  • Sanchez needs to step up to mount sustained TV ad campaign
  • Consultant says Republican stumbles could send her into runoff, anyway

Kamala Harris fortified her front-runner status this week when her latest report showed she’s raised $4.1 million since entering the U.S. Senate race in January, bringing her cash on hand to nearly $3 million roughly a year ahead of the primary.

Fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez raised $618,000, transferred $516,000 and reported $1.1 million left to spend at the end of last month.

Harris, the state attorney general, and Sanchez, a ten-term congresswoman, are running to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in a state that overwhelmingly favors Democrats.

In a statement, Sanchez called the initial six weeks of her first statewide campaign “hectic,” but said it revealed her fundraising potential.

“Old and new friends have been very generous,” Sanchez said. “The response has been terrific and demonstrates that on issues from national security to economic fairness, Californians are ready for a U.S. senator with my record of experience and effectiveness.”

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