A week after Congressman Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, and Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, self-reported their recent fundraising totals, filings now reveal the details of those donations.
Thursday marked the deadline for Federal Election Commission (FEC) financial report filings for Quarter 3, from July 1 to Sept. 30. During that time, Garcia raised $3.18 million, while Smith raised $1.34 million for the 25th Congressional District race, according to FEC filings.
Garcia won the May 12 special election for CA-25 with about 54.9 percent of the vote, and both candidates are set to face-off once again in November for the full 2021-2023 term.
In previous fundraising cycles, Smith raised over $3.4 million bringing the total to about $4.8 million, with Garcia raising $4.2 million before Q3, for a fundraising total of about $7.38 million, according to FEC filings from Jan. 1 to June 30.
Smith started the third quarter with about $400,000 cash on hand, according to the FEC.
For the $1.34 million raised by Smith in Q3, $1.18 million, or about 87 percent, came from individuals, according to the FEC filings.
$4,500 was contributed from political party committees with the remaining about $164,000 coming from political action committees (PACs), most of which are other candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Other committees that have contributed to Smith include local democratic clubs as well as unions representing firefighters, teachers and food workers.
An additional about $66,000 was contributed by other authorized committees, including the California Candidates Victory Fund and Battleground Women.
Smith ended the quarter with about $530,000 cash on hand, according to FEC filings.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who chipped in and supported our efforts to flip CA-25 — thanks doesn’t even begin to cover my deep appreciation,” Smith said in a statement. “With every dollar, we are making it clear to my opponent that our community needs greater access to health care, better jobs, support for public education, and an actual plan to deal with COVID-19 recovery. The voices of everyday people need to be heard in Washington. Let’s send this out-of-touch multimillionaire businessman packing.”
Garcia started the quarter with about $730,000, according to FEC filings.
Of the $3.1 million raised by Garcia in Q3, about $2.8 million or 92 percent was contributed by individuals, according to the FEC
About $240,00 was raised by political action committees, with a large amount coming from committees aimed at keeping or gaining Republican seats in the House of Representatives.
Several industry groups donated to Garcia, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), aerospace and defense companies, the American Bankers Association and media companies.
Additionally, just over $111,000 was contributed by other authorized committees, including Garcia For CA-25 and the Garcia Victory Fund.
“These numbers show that Southern California families have had enough of liberal politician Christy Smith and her massive tax hikes and prefer Mike Garcia, who remains an objective voice fighting for lower taxes,” said Lance Trover, Garcia campaign spokesperson in a statement.
Garcia ended the quarter with about $2,000,000 cash on hand, according to FEC filings.
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