It appears that some of the Democratic challengers in the 25th congressional district races are slowly turning from civility to hostility.
Katie Hill’s campaign announced on Monday that she had outraised her fellow Democrats in the year’s first quarter. This was a day after Bryan Caforio’s campaign put out an announcement entitled, “Bryan Caforio Leads Money Race.”
Hill disagreed and pointed to the Federal Election Commission report. “He can say he has more cash on hand,” she said.
In fact, that is exactly what Caforio is claiming. The release said he leads all Democrats with $539,740 on hand, although the FEC puts it at $555,284.89. (The campaign said it would file an amendment to adjust the total, reflecting ballot statement and filing fees not previously included).
Incumbent Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) has more than $1 million available, according to the FEC.
Hill has $528,661.41 on hand, but she pointed out that Caforio loaned himself $75,000, and if that is subtracted, Hill has more cash on hand.
Caforio’s campaign manager Nicole DeMont said the loan is a result of Hill refusing to sign the “People’s Pledge” to keep “dark money” from Super PACs out of the race. Hill claimed the loan, which she said Caforio took out on March 31, is a sign Caforio is desperate to “look like he’s still in the race.”
Hill also has raised $18,000 in “transfers.” She explained that is her share of money that political action committee Emily’s List has raised for various candidates (Emily’s List has endorsed Hill).
Both candidates have issued refunds, Caforio $200 and Hill $915. Caforio’s refunds are because people accidentally donated twice when they meant to donate once. It is not because they donated beyond the maximum allowed amount, as is the case with Hill’s campaign. These are amounts to people who have exceeded the maximum donation in a quarter.
Caforio also has a disbursement to Gretchen Zovak, dated Nov. 3, 2017, for $738 as “event supplies.” Zovak currently works for the Jess Phoenix campaign.
According to Phoenix media manager Jennifer Buonantony, Zovak worked on Caforio’s campaign but switched to Phoenix. While she worked for Caforio, he bought chocolates from her to give to his supporters. She now handles event merchandise, such as T-shirts, for Phoenix.