A crowded contest for a coastal Senate district in Southern California is shaping up as one of the most expensive legislative races in the state this year, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.
Howorth, a Democrat, has raised $543,575 as of Saturday, including $100,000 that she lent her campaign and another $100,000 that she contributed to her campaign. Sandra Fluke, a Democrat and attorney from West Hollywood, had a big burst of fundraising in the last two months, helping her to achieve a total of $438,563 since her campaign began, including $100,000 she lent her campaign.
Ben Allen, a Democrat who serves on the Santa Monica-Malibu school board, reported he has raised $395,717, including a $50,000 loan from himself.
Surgeon Vito Imbasciani, a Democrat from the Hollywood Hills, raised $298,129, including a $66,000 loan he made to his campaign. Former Democratic Assemblywoman
Seth Stodder, a USC law school teacher and the only "no-party-preference" candidate, reported raising $93,827, most of it lent to his campaign. Attorney Barbi Appelquist, a Democrat and attorney, brought in $63,503.
Allen also has benefited the most from independent spending, with Manhattan Beach developer and education activist Bill Bloomfield putting $439,000 into ads, slate mailers and other efforts to support him. Bloomfield said he is supporting Allen: "Because everyone who knows Ben well says he's brilliant and ethical.... two qualities sorely needed in Sacramento."