Voter’s Edge: California Senate District 26

Bret Hendry | October 31, 2014

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October 31, 2014 -- The race for Senate district 26 is being fought in the national spotlight.  Sandra Fluke gained media attention in 2012 as a Georgetown Law student when she testified about a government regulation requiring religiously affiliated institutions to provide health insurance covering contraceptives.  She was later lambasted by conservatives including radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Fluke’s campaign for state Senate has raised $668,000 including $137,640 in contributions and loans from Fluke herself. Notably, 37.6 percent of Fluke’s contributions have come from outside California.

Her opponent, Ben Allen, is also a Democrat and a graduate of UC Berkeley Law School.  Allen is currently a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education. He received the most votes in the crowded eight-candidate primary in June, and has raised a total of $727,500, 93.9 percent of it from California. Allen’s top contributor is his law firm, Richardson & Patel LLP, which has donated $54,100 to his campaign. His other top contributors include consumer products company Sunrider International ($49,200) and the University of California ($22,350).  Allen has also received more than $1 million in outside support from businessman Bill Bloomfield.

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Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the primary controlled committees associated with candidates on California's November ballot from January 1, 2013 - September 3, 2014. Top contributor figures are based on itemized records, aggregated by employer for individual donors and by affiliate organization for political action committees. Total raised figures are based on summaries submitted by candidate committees in Form 460 reports. All numbers are based on latest data made available by the California Secretary of State as of September 3, 2014.

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