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One of the Bay Area's House freshmen was among the region's top fundraisers in the first quarter of 2013, according to newly filed Federal Election Commission reports.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, raised $262,810 in the first three months of the year, leaving him with $222,932 cash on hand as of March 31.
On its face, that's more than the $207,030 that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, collected in individual contributions to her campaign committee. But Pelosi also transferred in more than $136,000 from her Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund, which itself raised $671,400 in the first quarter. (Now THAT's some serious scratch; don't mess with the big dog, Congressman Swalwell.)
Still, Swalwell's first-quarter fundraising outstripped that of every other Bay Area House member, including Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, who raised $214,000 while already in full campaign mode due to the challenge posed by fellow Democrat Ro Khanna.
Swalwell might also face a fellow Democrat in 2014: state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, who like Swalwell had hoped to succeed Rep. Pete Stark in the 15th Congressional District but chose not to run against him last year. Corbett, who's favored by many of the same local Democrats who had backed Stark in 2012, raised $16,201 in the first quarter of this year and had $114,963 cash on hand as of March 31.
Here's a readout of the rest of the greater Bay Area delegation's first-quarter haul, looking only at their principal campaign committees:
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland: $69,482 raised, $29,804 cash on hand
Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez: $79,253 raised, $215,537 cash on hand
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa: $209,566 raised, $1,357,504 cash on hand
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton: $125,004 raised, $114,001 cash on hand
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose: $45,240 raised, $571,704 cash on hand
Rep. Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz: $32,650 raised, $70,731 cash on hand
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto: $50,186 raised, $319,929 cash on hand
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo: $34,728 raised, $976,878 cash on hand
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael: $95,152 raised, $116,503 cash on hand
Someone who saw the item I posted earlier today about Rep. Eric Swalwell's first-quarter fundraising prowess has just shared information that seems to cement the notion that the freshman has been embraced by the very Democratic machine that opposed him last year: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be headlining his fundraiser in May.
Tickets to the May 6 event at a Capitol Hill condo will cost $500 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for political action committees.
That's just two days after Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is scheduled to headline a far cheaper Walnut Creek fundraiser for Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.
Pelosi last year endorsed Rep. Pete Stark for re-election to a 21st term, but that and other powerful endorsements didn't keep Swalwell from unseating the irascible incumbent in November. Some had speculated he might get a cold shoulder upon arriving in Washington from those who'd opposed his candidacy, but several signs -- including this fundraiser and his January appointment as an assistant minority whip -- indicate all has been forgiven.
That's potentially bad news for state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, who also had hoped to succeed Stark in the 15th Congressional District and has a campaign committee that's raising funds. Corbett may well have the support of some local Democrats and labor unions, but if people of Pelosi's stature keep raising money for Swalwell, he'll be tough for anyone to beat.