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October 31, 2014 -- Democratic Representative Julia Brownley is fighting for re-election in the hotly contested race for the 26th congressional district in Southern California. Brownley won the seat in 2012, after serving as a California State Asssemblywoman and as a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school board. Brownley has raised $2 million for her campaign, and her top contributors include bankruptcy law firm, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones ($18,700) and Lost Arrow ($13,000), the parent company of Patagonia.
Her opponent is Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and an attorney. Gorell previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County and as the director of communications for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. His campaign has raised nearly $674,000, including contributions from California businesses Automotive Racing Products ($13,400), Northwest Excavating Company ($10,400), and Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Leadership PAC ($10,000).
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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.