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Democrats Sanchez, Neal Flush With Cash

Continuing to display considerable fund-raising power, Rep. Loretta Sanchez raised and spent more than $225,000 during the six weeks that ended June 30, her office said Tuesday.

The Garden Grove Democrat reported having nearly $1.1 million in cash in her campaign account, according to the semi-annual report to be filed with the Federal Election Commission this week.

In a surprising development, Democrat Pat Neal reported nearly $194,000 in cash in her campaign account at the end of June. Neal, who is challenging Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), has raised more than $72,000 this year but bulked up her campaign account with loans totaling $146,000.

“This report shows we are serious about this campaign, and we are committed to raising the funds to get our message out to the voters,” Neal said.

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Information from Rohrabacher and Sanchez opponent Robert K. Dornan were not available. All reports must be postmarked today.

Rohrabacher, who faced weak opposition two years ago, reported $109,000 in cash three weeks before the June 2 primary. His campaign office did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Dornan, who for years has been able to raise enormous sums through direct mail, reported $64,000 in cash in the mid-May report. Though he has raised about $1.9 million since the 1996 loss to Sanchez, much of that was spend to contest the results of that election and on campaigning for the June primary.


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