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Strickland continues to outpace Knight in fundraising

Posted: July 17, 2014 12:54 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2014 12:54 p.m.
 

The fundraising gap between two Republicans duking it out to represent the Santa Clarita Valley in Congress has continued to grow, financial filings show, with one candidate raising more than $1 million more than his opponent over the life of the campaign.

Former state legislator Tony Strickland reported $202,153.68 in contributions over the most recent filing period, which ran from May 15 to June 30.

That gives him $1,223,520.56 in net contributions over the life of the campaign, according to records from the Federal Election Commission.

He maintains $234,074.52 in cash on hand.

Strickland received the most votes in June’s primary election to replace longtime Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. McKeon has announced he will retire at the end of this term.

“After being the top vote-getter in the primary, this latest report continues the momentum we’ve been building on for months,” said Strickland, in a statement released Wednesday. “This generous financial support will allow me to continue my conversation with voters about the leadership and common-sense solutions that we need in Washington.

“I’m excited to continue building our campaign through November and help get Washington back on track,” he continued.

Strickland’s opponent in the race, state Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, reported $35,177 in contributions from May 15 to June 30.

“We’ve said all along it’s not going to be an election on money,” Knight said Wednesday. “I think my opponent has an awful lot of money from outside the district coming in.”

The fundraising gap between the two is equally stark when you look over the life of the Congressional campaign. Knight has reported $186,288 in net contributions so far, $1.04 million less than Strickland.

Knight said he has several campaign events planned in the coming weeks, and he has focused on securing support within the 25th Congressional District he and Strickland are vying to represent.

“Our strategy is getting support and endorsements from inside the district, and that’s our commitment to the district,” he said.

That district includes the Santa Clarita Valley as well as portions of the Antelope and Simi valleys.

Knight placed a comfortable second place in June’s eight-man field, finishing a little more than 700 votes behind Strickland.

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