Last week, we enjoyed reviewing the finance reports for Gubernatorial and Controller candidates. In this peek, we are looking at the Attorney General’s race, which is not only contested, but gives Peekers some added information for the question of whether a No Party Preference (NPP) candidate can snag a spot in the General Election. Or, will November be a Rep vs Dem race…we know how those normally turn out.
Former Republican Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is running for Attorney General as an NPP. The leading Democrat is appointed incumbent Rob Bonta. Nathan Hochman has the California Republican Party’s endorsement. Eric Early is another Republican candidate, but his campaign funds are very limited.
Although Bonta has far more cash on hand than his opponents, four Independent Expenditure committees are spending big to support him. As of yesterday, those IEs totaled $368,514. So far, one IE committee has spent $1,318 in support of Schubert.
The numbers below represent data from the latest campaign finance reporting period: 1/1/22 – 4/23/22.
Contributions – $1,111,141
Expenditures – $628,975
Cash on Hand – $5,698,142
Donations are mostly from labor unions and individuals. Bonta has many donors who maxed out to both his primary and general election committees, so not all of his funds are available to be spent in the primary. Bonta’s cash on hand reflects over $2 million transferred last year from his Assembly campaign committee.
Most of the expenditures were for campaign consultants, fundraising, and polling. Although this report only includes information from January 1 – April 23, 2022, the campaign has spent $579,000 on campaign consultants in the last two years. That does not include the expenditures for fundraising consultants, compliance, or polling.
Contributions – $145,542
Expenditures – $227,034
Cash on Hand – $88,436
Early’s expenditures are mostly for signs and radio advertisements. Donors are mostly individuals. Early loaned his campaign $80,000
Contributions – $435,582
Expenditures – $923,163
Cash on Hand – $457,910
Most of Hochman’s donors are individuals, many of whom donated the maximum amount to his primary and general election committees, so, like Bonta, some of his cash on hand is not available to be spent on primary campaign activities. Most of his expenditures are for statewide mailers.
Contributions – $545,957
Expenditures – $643,772
Cash on Hand – $1,152,786
Schubert’s expenditures are mostly for digital advertising, polling, and consultants. Donations are from a variety of sources including law enforcement organizations, individuals, and companies. She also has some donors who maxed out for the primary and general elections.