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Rocky Chávez raising money for many campaigns

Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside during session in the Assembly chambers on March 11, 2013.
Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside during session in the Assembly chambers on March 11, 2013. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez acknowledges he has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to raising money for his U.S. Senate candidacy.

Chávez, a retired Marine colonel from Oceanside, finished the last quarter with about $5,000 in his Senate account.

So it was curious to see that Chávez is headlining a fundraiser tonight for his state campaign.

Chávez said the listing is no mistake. The money he raises will go to GOP colleagues facing challenges elsewhere. “I call it my tithing,” he quipped.

“I am running for U.S. Senate,” he said. “I am all in.”

Chávez said he’s informed the leadership that this would be his last state fundraiser. “I have to focus on the Senate,” he said. “There are only 24 hours in the day.”

State Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only Democrat so far to campaign for the seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, finished the first quarter with about $2.2 million.

On the GOP side, former California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro launched his campaign Sunday and estimates he’ll have to raise $10 million to be competitive.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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