Money

Phil Willon and Maloy Moore
June 1, 2016

The top two Democrats in California’s U.S. Senate race have raised more than a combined $12 million for their campaigns, but many of the state’s most generous and loyal campaign donors have yet to crack open their wallets.

During Sen. Barbara Boxer’s hard-fought 2010 campaign against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, her supporters helped her secure reelection with more than $10 million in individual contributions in 2009-2010.

Those same donors haven’t been nearly as generous to the two top Democrats running to succeed Boxer, who is retiring after four terms. So far, contributors from the 2010 race have given just over $1 million to state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ campaign and roughly $100,000 to Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange, according to a Times analysis of federal campaign finance reports detailing contributions up to March 31.

And while state gubernatorial campaigns are a totally different animal than running for U.S. Senate, some Californians who wrote big checks for Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2010 and 2014 campaigns and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s current 2018 campaign haven’t given a penny to either Harris or Sanchez.

Among the donors on the sidelines through May 18, the most recent filing period:

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