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As Election Nears, Congressional Candidates Reveal Latest War Chests

Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong and California State Senator Alan Lowanthal are battling to represent Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and much of Long Beach.

Editor's Note: These figures are based on federal reporting current as of 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

When it comes to campaign fundraising, the 47th Congressional District candidates are no slouches. The candidates have netted a combined $2.3 million, but Republican candidate Gary DeLong has a $361,000 fundraising lead over Democratic candidate Alan Lowenthal.

DeLong, a businessman and Long Beach City Council member, and Lowenthal, a California State Senator and Long Beach resident are battling to represent Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and large swaths of Long Beach. 

The candidates recently submitted campaign finance disclosure reports to meet the Oct. 17 deadline to file with the Federal election commission

Altogether DeLong has raised $361,803 more than Lowenthal. DeLong listed $1,339,937 in total contribution receipts while Lowenthal listed $978,134.

In addition to leading with individual contributions at $ $1,074,438-- compared to Lowenthal's $ $562,330 -- Delong has outspent Lowenthal by$222.

DeLong’s campaign lists total expenses at $1,022,244 and Lowenthal’s campaign expenses are listed at $800,003.

DeLong reportedly has $317,693 in cash left to spend whereas Lowenthal has $178,473 cash left on hand, barring a last minute injection of funds.

Though trailing in individual donations, Lowenthal has raised $395,168 from committees or $140,989 more than DeLong, who raised $254,179 from committee contributions.

Under federal law, an individual can donate $2,500 per election to a candidate for federal office. Individuals can also donate a maximum of $30,800 per calendar year to a national political party committee.

Political action committees, also called PACs, can give $5,000 to a candidate per election and can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC.

For a full chart of the contribution limits for individuals and PACs click here.

And in July 2010, the country saw the birth of a new type of group, the independent expenditure-only committee – called “superPACs” – after the supreme court ruling in the trial of SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission.

Super PACs cannot give money directly to a candidate but they may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals and then spend unlimited sums to advocate for or against political candidates.

To learn more about who funds candidates, visit followthemoney.org – which provides financial data about state politics – and opensecrets.org for financial data about national elections.

As of Jan. 3, 2012, there were 356,549 registered voters in the 47th Congressional District with 42 percent registered as Democrats and 32 percent registered as Republicans, according to data from the Secretary of State's office.

The election is next Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

John B. Greet November 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Too bad. Several here are quite anxious to address all of the things they believe DeLong has done wrong. Lowenthal appears to be immune from such scrutiny. Interesting.
Marshall Riverdale November 05, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I would like you to ask DeLong about the 2nd+PCH project. After two EIRs, years and years of going through the entitlement process (and nearly $5 million spent by the developer), over 2 million dollars per year that would have gone into the general fund, plus job creation for both the development project itself ($500 million) and ongoing operations....why did he wait until the council vote itself to let his position be known? Did he try to forge any consensus with other Councilmembers to support the project? If so, what did he do - who did he talk to and what were the results? Did he try to bridge the gap between the developer and the LCWLT/neighbors opposed? He collected huge amounts of money from stakeholders in favor and against the project in the time before and after the vote, is it possible his congressional fundraising benefited from a lack of public position leading up to the vote? The cornerstone of the DeLong campaign is that he knows how to create jobs. The greatest job creation project in his district seemingly took a back seat to his Congressional campaign. Perhaps I am wrong about that, but I cannot understand how a person who talks about experience in job creation did not champion getting some entitlement through. And to the credit of those who felt the project was too large in scope, they all wanted something developed at the site....Gary did not champion compromise it seems. I would like you to ask more about this Nancy.
Mike Ruehle November 05, 2012 at 06:33 AM
1. Ask DeLong why he pushed to exempt libraries from the list of places in which marijuana dispensaries could not be located near. 2. Ask DeLong how much money the developer of 2nd & PCH funnelled to his campaign in the immediate days before the vote on the project? 3. DeLong continually pushes for privatizing city services because the city now pays more for those services than it really costs in the private sector. Ask DeLong how, as the Budget Oversight Committee Chairman for 7 YEARS, he let that happen. 4. Ask DeLong why he sponsored replacement of the 2nd street sidewalks in Naples even though there was nothing wrong with the old sidewalks. 5. Ask DeLong why he sponsored spending taxpayers money to install a GREEN bike path on 2nd street in Belmont Shore that few wanted and nobody uses. 6. Ask DeLong why he has a staff of 3 people to answer his phones and why he needs two offices. 7. Ask DeLong what he has been doing to collect the $29 million delinquent parking tickets that have not been paid during the time he has been Councilman? 8. Ask DeLong what he has done to collect over $1 million in business license fees owed the city by check cashing establishments during the time he has been Councilman? 9. Ask DeLong about the pension he will collect for serving as Councilman. 10. Ask DeLong whether he repaid the city for skipping out of city council meetings to attend various Congressional Election forums.
Mike Ruehle November 05, 2012 at 06:58 AM
11. Ask DeLong why ACTA was unable to make a $6 million loan re payment in 2012 while DeLong was ACTA Chairman and demanded the Ports of Long Beach and LA pay the debt instead. Ask DeLong how that differs from the Long Beach Museum of Art not being able to make their bond payment which was subsequently paid by us taxpayers. 12. Ask DeLong why he claimed to NOT have ties to developer Tom Dean when pushing through the city trade of valuable port property for Tom Dean's swamp land, but afterwards extolled his personal relationship with Dean after Dean was killed in a plane crash. 13. Ask DeLong what was discussed during his meeting with Sean (the destroyer) Hitchcock the week before Sean bulldozed the Los Cerritos Wetlands. 14. Ask DeLong why he never asked for a show of hands for people opposed to the 2nd & PCH project during his monthly residents association meeting at the Yacht club prior to him voting to approve the 12 story building as was asked of him on several occassions. 15. Ask DeLong why he has mailed flyers critisizing Lowenthal for sponsoring SB 1243 while DeLong himself is on the record in support of SB 1243. 16. Ask DeLong why he used his City Council influence to try to overthrow a residents association election and supported candidates favorable to Belmont Shore bar owners. 17. Ask DeLong to name ONE THING that symbolizes what HE has done to improve the quality of life for residents of his city council district.
John B. Greet November 05, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Nancy, I rest my case. LOL

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