National Democrats are rushing to the aid of California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley as the party faces the realistic possibility of being left off of the general election ballot.
Brownley is one of a handful of Democrats running in the top-two primary June 5 in the open 26th district. State Sen. Tony Strickland (R) is favored to advance, while Brownley and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks (I) are angling for the second spot. A splintered Democratic vote could help Parks finish ahead of Brownley.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is running direct mail in the district on Brownley's behalf, has funneled $24,300 in donations to her campaign. Members of Congress combined to donate almost $20,000 to the candidate from April 1 to May 16, the deadline for contributions in pre-primary reports due Thursday to the Federal Election Commission.
Third-party groups have also spent almost $750,000 in independent expenditures on Brownley's behalf.
Brownley raised a total of $254,000 during the pre-primary fundraising period and had $217,000 on hand as of May 16. She’s received several donations since then, including $2,500 from producer Laurie David.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave $7,000; Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) gave $7,000; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) gave $2,500; and Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) gave $1,000.
Other House candidates gave to Brownley as well, including $1,000 from former Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and $2,000 from Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas (D), who is running in the 29th district.
In the first quarter, California Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman, Jackie Speier and Judy Chu and DCCC Recruitment Chairwoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) combined to give $8,000.
Brownley's Democratic opponents have not kept up with her fundraising pace. Former professional tennis player David Cruz Thayne raised less than $3,000 pre-primary, and Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera's pre-primary filing was not yet available on the FEC website.
Parks, the Independent, has in the past affiliated with both the Democratic and Republican parties. She raised $53,000 during the pre-primary period and had $32,000 left in the bank as of May 16. Strickland raised $173,000 and had $724,000 in cash on hand.
Roll Call rates the general election race a Tossup.