McClintock raises more than $300K in House race
April 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) ” Republican state Senator Tom McClintock has raised $316,000 in his bid to replace Representative John Doolittle in Congress.
McClintock entered the race just over a month ago and reported his first-quarter fundraising totals to the Federal Election Commission this week. The other leading candidates for the congressional seat that includes Truckee and the California portion of the Tahoe Basin are former Congressman Doug Ose, who is battling McClintock for the Republican nomination, and Democrat Charlie Brown.
Ose and Brown have yet to file their reports, which are due next Tuesday.
Ose, however, has loaned so much money to his campaign that contribution limits are being lifted for his GOP opponents. Ose has triggered the so-called “millionaire’s amendment” in the Northern California race by lending himself $849,000.
That means his opponents will be able to accept contributions of up to $6,900 per donor for the June 3 primary, three times the normal limit.
Ose has spent some of his money to cast McClintock as a carpetbagger and career politician, while McClintock claims Ose is trying to buy his way into Congress.
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Others running in the GOP primary are Ted Terbolizard and Suzanne Jones.
Doolittle is under federal investigation and is not seeking re-election.
McClintock is being forced out of his Southern California state Senate seat by term limits. He will need to maintain strong fundraising if he is to compete with the independently wealthy Ose. McClintock reported ending the quarter with about $125,000 cash on-hand.
The primary election is June 3.