Khanna Raises $1 Million Since April And It’s Not Even His Personal Best

Ro Khanna

CONGRESS 17 | The top-flight Democratic endorsements Rep. Mike Honda has collected over the month may ultimately be ethereal, but in politics, as in life, money talks.

Ro Khanna, also a Democrat and a former Obama Commerce Department official challenging Honda next year in the 17th Congressional District, is again setting fundraising records. He reported receipts of over $1 million in the second quarter alone.

As the Washington Post reported earlier this morning, it isn’t even Khanna’s personal best. While rumors were rampant in 2011 he would run for Pete Stark’s seat in the 15th District, Khanna posted a whopping $1.2 million in a single quarter. Both amounts are staggering, since most House candidates usually take an entire campaign cycle to amass such a war chest.

Roll Call added many of Khanna’s donors are prominent Silicon Valley honchos, including Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Both Internet giants are located in the 17th District. Khanna says the financial support is almost totally homegrown without funding from political action committees or lobbyists.

Wednesday’s disclosure is surely a major psychological blow not only to Honda’s own campaign, but to prospective supporters and contributors down the line. Much can also be read into the sheer number of articles today about Khanna’s fundraising prowess, a majority of which are not from Bay Area outlets, but Beltway newspapers and Web sites.

Today’s big announcement was tailored not for voters in Silicon Valley, but for the Democratic leadership in Washington, behind-the-scenes movers and shakers and national talking heads who can amplify the message that a new hotshot is possibly coming to town next year.

Categories: 2014 Election, campaign finance, CD15, CD17, congress, Mike Honda, Pete Stark, Ro Khanna, washington

14 replies

  1. Game over!


  2. Ro duh ho will end up being a now show.

    Honda will clean his clock!

    Game over!!


  3. I don't even know if Ro has a clock to clean, but he has enough money to pay Honda for the service.


  4. The average likely voter probably still doesn't know Khanna. Voters are accustomed to seeing Honda. Although it is a new district, Honda is still well known in the area.

    All the press doesn't mean much at this point.

    The money certainly does mean something. It will be a matter of how effectively his team will use.

    I remember Dutra having a ton of money (relative for a State Senate) and my recollection is he finished third out of three.

    Honda still has to be considered a favorite. Maybe not a heavy favorite but still the favorite.


  5. After he loses decisively, Mike might offer the kid an internship. IF he shows that he has some smarts, then maybe, just maybe, there would be a junior staff position for Ro down the line. No promises, though, but Mike likes to help out young kids who might show some promise down the road.


  6. Mike Honda is extremely popular and a genuine nice man. Ro can raise all the money he wants, but he won't be able to buy the election.


  7. How can Khanna buy an election when he's still paying off his student loans? He has raised $2.3M without accepting a dime from PACs, special interest groups, and lobbyists. This is not Meg Whitman we are talking about here. Ro's message is resonating amongst tech leaders and voters in Silicon Valley. The momentum is building daily for his campaign.

    Agree that Honda is a nice man, but that doesn't make him a good Congressman. He says the right things and votes along Dem party lines. But what does he actually do? He has served in Congress in 12 years and I can't think of one significant bill that he wrote/sponsored that has actually passed. He's just along for the ride and is basically the “status quo”, which voters are growing weary of every day. He is a 7 term member of a Congress which is on pace to be the least productive in history.

    Congress is broken and their approval rating has been in the teens for several years now.

    This race is going to be an exciting one to watch. I look forward to seeing Khanna and Honda on the debate stage, if Honda accepts the challenge. I could be wrong, but I think Khanna will mop him right off the stage especially if they start discussing tech issues.

    It will come down to the voters. Are they smart enough to vote for the sensible choice? Or are they going to vote for someone just because he is a nice guy who likes to sing karaoke?

    Time will tell.


  8. and cue the race angle “a nice guy who like to sing karoake”?


  9. After he loses decisively, Mike might offer the kid an internship. IF he shows that he has some smarts, then maybe, just maybe, there would be a junior staff position for Ro down the line. No promises, though, but Mike likes to help out young kids who might show some promise down the road.


  10. Ro has raised almost all his money from “special interest groups”. What do you call silicon valley business groups. They all want special tax breaks and to bring in foreign workers through H1B visas so they can exploit and control them, instead of hiring qualified American workers. Then they take the money they make and shelter it off shore to avoid taxes. Then we, the middle class working stiffs, get stuck with the tab.


  11. To probably just bought himself a seat in Congress – whether he deserves it or not is much less certain – check that – he doesn't deserve it


  12. There's still plenty of time for Honda to think about hanging em up. Maybe he should chat with Pete?


  13. Ro will still be looking for a job after 2014.

    The people won't vote for a carpetbagger!


  14. Honda is extremely personable and a man of the people. Ro can't buy this election no matter how much he tries. Mike will win, but it won't be a by a large margin like he's used to.


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