Andy Pugno is not really "running" against Beth Gaines for the Assembly he's just limping along, judging from newly filed disclosure statements.
Pugno reported outstanding debt of $132,205 and campaign contributions totaling just $59,524 from July 1 through Sept. 30, a pittance for an Assembly race against a sitting lawmaker.
Gaines, by contrast, reported collecting more than twice as much during the three-month period, $125,850.
Pugno, in a fundraising appeal weeks ago, told supporters that his campaign needed a cash infusion quickly.
"I have decided that we will not go into debt," he said.
"Instead, our campaign team will spend only the funds we receive from contributors like you. If the funds do not arrive in time, we simply won't be able to pull the trigger on crucial campaign communications."
Pugno has kept that campaign promise, too: no big infusion, no big advertising push, with Election Day less than a month away.
Potentially, the Folsom attorney could lose twice unless money starts pouring in: The campaign owes Pugno $100,000 in loans from the primary.
Former President Bill Clinton is in Davis today to throw his support behind four Democrats running in some of the country's most closely watched congressional races. Clinton is scheduled to appear alongside incumbent Democratic Reps. John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney and challengers Ami Bera and Jose Hernandez at a rally at the UC Davis campus.
Torey Van Oot
"In the end, the Munger family could be known as the millionaires who destroyed California's schools and universities."
PROPOSITION 30 COALITION, in a letter to Molly Munger, referring to her intent to make a "distinction" between her tax increase measure and Gov. Jerry Brown's. Her brother, Charles Munger Jr., has contributed to a committee opposing Brown's measure.
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