Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker posts strong first-half fundraising numbers

Assemblymember Catharine Baker

ASSEMBLY | CAMPAIGN FINANCE | Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker raised more than $427,000 during the first half on this year. Baker, who is the lone local Republican member of the Legislature, nearly outpaced the rest of the East Bay Assembly caucus in campaign finance reports released by the Secretary of State’s office.

Most view Baker’s re-election in the Sixteenth District could be the only contested Assembly race next year. However, Democrats in the district spread over Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley in Alameda County are having difficulty identifying a liberal candidate to challenge Baker, who easily beat Democrat Tim Sbranti last November. Her impressive fundraising prowess, also seen in her
2014 campaign, may further dissuade Democrats.

Baker spent $127,798 during the reporting period covering January 1 to June 30. Her campaign holds $328,363 in cash on hand, according to campaign finance reports.
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Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta continued his history of posting high campaign fundraising numbers. Bonta, who also represents San Leandro and Alameda, reported $530,975 in contributions, in addition, to $175,798 in expenditures through June 30. Meanwhile, Bonta, who was elected in 2012, has banked $796,320 in cash on hand. A strong challenger is not likely next year.

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Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Similarly, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk will likely not be challenged next year. Quirk received $167,995 in contributions this year and spent $39,995 during the same six month period. Although much of Quirk’s two prior Assembly campaign were self-financed, his cash on hand sits at $133,765.

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Another member of the 2014 freshman class of Assembly members, Tony Thurmond from Richmond’s Fifteenth District, posted strong fundraising numbers. Thurmond received $290,669 in contributions this year and spent nearly a third of the total with $97,607 in expenditures. Thurmond banked $204,771 in cash, according to finance reports.