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Millionaire Ose gives self funding lead

4th District candidates report first quarter fundraising totals
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Doug Ose is out in front by a wide margin over major opponent Tom McClintock in campaign dollars earned and spent, according to finance reports filed Tuesday. But most of the money has come from a loan Ose made to his own campaign and a transfer of unspent campaign funding from a long-dormant campaign war chest. Ose, whose personal worth has been pegged in some published reports at $50 million, reported in a Federal Election Commission filing Tuesday that he took in $1.48 million in total campaign receipts during the first three months of the year. Of that total, $849,000 came in the form of a loan from the candidate, another $414,000 was from a transfer from his 2002 3rd District re-election committee and $223,000 originated from individual and political action committee contributions. McClintock’s report showed $316,000 in total receipts, with no personal loans and no transfers. State office holders aren’t allowed to transfer election funding to a federal election. McClintock, a state senator from Ventura County, and Ose, a former 3rd District congressman from Sacramento, are frontrunners for the Republican nomination. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown of Roseville – the leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination in the June 3 election – reported raising more than $249,000 in the first quarter. Without a well-known challenger, Brown is saving while the two Republicans vying to run against him in the November election are spending. Brown has nearly $600,000 in cash on hand. Ose reported spending $729,000 during the past quarter and has $756,000 in cash on hand. McClintock spent $190,000 during the first quarter and had $126,000 in cash on hand at the close of the reporting period. Ose spokesman Doug Elmets said that the first quarter report – the first report filed by the candidate after joining the race less than two months ago – “is indicative that Doug Ose has the resources and the fund-raising capacity to run an effective campaign in District 4.” Elmets said that in addition to having the support of more than 100 elected officials in the district, Ose has done an effective job of raising money from local contributors to finance a portion of his campaign to get his message directly to voters. McClintock issued a statement concentrating on the amount of money he had raised in less than 30 days – and how he had outraised Ose in terms of donations. McClintock finance director Igor Birman said the candidates’ ability to find support from 2,892 individual contributors and small donors “demonstrates McClintock’s strength against a self-funded millionaire liberal like Doug Ose.” “Ose is trying to buy a seat in Congress by pouring a million dollars of his own money into his campaign,” said Stan Devereux, McClintock’s campaign spokesman. Todd Stenhouse, spokesman for Brown, said Tuesday that the Republican candidates – both who come from out of district – are spending much of their funding on polling. “They could just call Charlie – he’s lived in the district for 17 years,” Stenhouse said. Brown said that his campaign’s growing momentum is a signal that voters are ready to reject the politics of the past by putting “patriotism before partisanship.” “The sad truth is that while these two politicians are fighting each other, many families, veterans and others across America are fighting for survival,” Brown said. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.