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July 15

I reported last week that challenger Ro Khanna far outraised incumbent Rep. Mike Honda in the race for a South Bay House seat, but a far more lopsided Democrat-on-Democrat fundraising contest was revealed Monday in the East Bay.

In the 15th Congressional District, where state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, plans to challenge Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, Corbett filed a report Monday afternoon with the Federal Election Commission showing she raised $12,000 in the second quarter and had about $116,000 cash on hand as of June 30.

Swalwell's report for the same period actually was even a bit rosier than the projections campaign consultant Lisa Tucker had offered last week. The freshman lawmaker raised more than $237,000 from April 1 through June 30 (about 20 times Corbett's haul), leaving him with more than $405,000 cash on hand (about three and a half times Corbett's war chest) at the quarter's end.

Swalwell said Monday that former CIA director, Secretary of Defense, White House chief of staff and congressman Leon Panetta will be in Pleasanton in September to headline a fundraiser.

Corbett was going door-to-door in downtown Hayward on Monday afternoon, handing out fliers touting her Senate office's constituent services and contact information to business owners and shoppers.

Though accompanied by a helper, she said her campaign at this point is mostly just her own shoe-leather and determination -- which sounds not unlike Swalwell at the time he launched his campaign against Pete Stark in September 2011.

July 16

Which of Northern California's House members has the most money in their campaign war chests? You might be surprised.

While some incumbents are likely to face significant challenges from across the aisle (like John Garamendi, Ami Bera, Jerry McNerney and Jeff Denham) and others from within their own party (like Honda and maybe Swalwell), neither of the two House members with the most cash on hand as of June 30 are expected to have much to worry about next year.

Here's the list, showing how much they raised in the second quarter (April 1 through June 30) and their cash on hand at midyear:

CA5 -- Mike Thompson, D-Napa: $257,579.45 raised, $1,470,170.24 COH

CA14 -- Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough: $221,762 raised, $1,086,141.98 COH

CA10 -- Jeff Denham, R-Modesto: $506,491.26 raised, $834,836.30 COH

CA19 -- Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose: $149,546.50 raised, $658,386 COH

CA7 -- Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova: $264,318.49 raised, $505,044 COH

CA12 — Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco: $315,769.05 raised, $422,059.25 COH

CA15 -- Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton: $237,314.38 raised, $405,182.23 COH

CA4 -- Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay: $132,668.99 raised, $384,717.76 COH

CA17 -- Mike Honda, D-San Jose: $344,894.86 raised, $374,646.94 COH

CA6 -- Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento: $240,826.01 raised, $371,894.30 COH

CA18 -- Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto: $193,225 raised, $363,855.25 COH

CA11 -- George Miller, D-Martinez: $233,328.87 raised, $354,655.16 COH

CA2 -- Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael: $141,648.93 raised, $266,847.38 COH

CA16 -- Jim Costa, D-Merced: $131,765 raised, $243,693.64 COH

CA9 -- Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton: $169,311.47 raised, $187,041.28 COH

CA20 -- Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz: $187,242.31 raised, $136,571.50 COH

CA1 -- Doug LaMalfa, R-Oroville: $87,200 raised, $130,603.76 COH

CA3 -- John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove: $179,832.73 raised, $124,197.06 COH

CA13 -- Barbara Lee, D-Oakland: $178,425.82 raised, $97,975.47 COH