[Cross-posted from our partner site, OCPolitical.com]
In the race for Orange County District Attorney, Supervisor Todd Spitzer (R-Orange) raised $103,953 more than incumbent District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (R-San Clemente) did in the second half of 2017, according to campaign finance reports filed last week. During the second half of 2017, Spitzer raised $234,077 while Rackauckas raised $130,124. In the first half of 2017, Rackauckas raised $195,300; Spitzer did not have a DA account yet, but raised $273,284 into his Supervisor account during that time. When Spitzer closed his Supervisor account, he also transferred $1,272,559 to his DA account.
Rackauckas spent $178,606 while Spitzer spent $139,233 on the DA’s race. This leaves Rackauckas with $209,513 cash on hand and Spitzer with $1,367,403 cash on hand, or $1,364,903 cash on hand after accounting for one $2,500 unpaid bill.
Former Mayor Brett Murdock (D-Brea) raised 3% of what Rackauckas did and 2% of what Spitzer did. Additionally, Murdock had no funds raised in prior periods, leaving him even further behind Rackauckas and Spitzer. With $3,848, Murdock will need to spend $2,680 to pay the DA candidate filing fee to the Registrar of Voters, leaving him with $1,168. Unfortunately for Murdock, the ballot statement payable to the Registrar of Voters costs $15,536. In other words, as of the end of 2017, Murdock’s $3,848 cash on hand was only 21% of the $18,216 he needs to pay the Registrar of Voters by March 9.
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