Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 04:20 p.m.
The campaign finance filings for the declared California Attorney General candidates are in, and the disparate numbers speak for themselves.
Democrat Dave Jones, the state’s current Insurance Commissioner, and favored candidate to takeover for termed-out Kamala Harris, appears to be in complete command in his campaign to ascend to the chief law enforcement office.
Harris is attempting to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D), who will leave office at the end of 2016.
If elected, Harris will vacate her seat next December, leading to an appointment of Harris’ replacement by Governor Jerry Brown (D).
If not. She will serve out her current term until December 2018.
But to get to Washington, D.C., Harris first has to win a likely general election showdown with opponent and U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (D).
The only declared republican vying for the upcoming attorney general vacancy is San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.
Ramos, who has stated he won’t seek reelection as District Attorney, is banking on a Brown appointment to replace Harris.
That’s if she leaves early.
A move that’s hard to envision with Jones, a well-liked democrat, already a declared candidate.
But since his announcement to run for attorney general, Ramos has also opened a 2018 district attorney reelection campaign committee.
What’s even more compelling is the gap between the financial support between the two candidates.
Jones has raised most of his nearly quarter-million dollars 2015 total since mid-October. Ramos has raised less than half of that sum in nearly a year.
Here’s the consolidated breakdown and comparison on newly-filed reports for the period ending December 31, 2015. The data shows Jones with a significant fundraising advantage that’s likely to grow.
Jones Ramos . Contributions $ 213,013.69 $ 103,124.85 Expenditures $ 41,149.04 $ 44,277.57 Cash-On-Hand $ 195,620.46 $ 65,977.44 . District Attorney 2018 Committee $ -- $ 7,196.70 Insurance Commissioner Committee $ 2,629,371.78 $ -- . Total Cash-On-Hand $ 2,824,992.24 $ 73,174.20 . Source: California Secretary of State