Democrat Chris Bubser Continues to Outraise All Republican Candidates in CA-08
Grassroots Campaign Gains In-District Fundraising and Volunteer Momentum
For Immediate Release
Victorville, CA, October 17 — Today, Chris Bubser, Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 8th announced that she raised $151,000 during the third fundraising quarter of 2019. This is the second consecutive quarter that her grassroots campaign has outraised the Republican candidates in the district, with a growing percentage of donations coming from within the district.
Bubser outraised career politician Jay Obernolte, who only raised $3,000 for his fledgling campaign. Obernolte, a nine-year elected politician and Sacramento insider, has historically relied on large donations from the tobacco, oil and anti-vaccination lobbies who have subsequently dictated his legislative agenda. Republican Tim Donelly’s recent filing to run against Obernolte in the primary has many questioning if Obernolte’s record of backroom dealing will be a liability in a contentious primary campaign.
Tim Donnelly is a former Assemblymember from Twin Peaks who ran against Paul Cook in 2018, advancing to the general election thanks to his unyielding commitment to conservative principles.
Bubser, on the other hand, has focused her fundraising on individual donors in and around the 8th district. To date, Bubser has received hundreds of contributions from voters in the 8th.
“I’m talking about the concerns that matter most to the families in our district,” said Bubser. “I have spent my career solving problems and improving lives. People here deserve a representative in Washington who puts them first. That’s what I’ll do in Congress. I’m proud of the support our campaign as received from every corner of this district.
In his FEC filing, Obernolte lists a personal loan to the campaign in the amount of $100,000. “Based on his filing, it appears that Obernolte may not be confident about his viability following the announcement that fellow-Republican Tim Donnelly is joining the race,” said campaign spokesperson Lindsay Barnes.
In the last quarter, Bubser outraised retiring Representative Paul Cook by 50%. Shortly after the second quarter filing revealed the disparity in fundraising, Cook decided not to seek re-election. Obernolte and Donnelly are joined on the Republican side by Bakersfield resident Jeremy Staat.
Bubser is the sole Democrat running in CA-8. Earlier this month, delegates to the California Democratic Party unanimously voted to pre-endorse Bubser in her run to represent the district in Congress. Other recent endorsements for Bubser include the Inland Empire Labor Council (AFL-CIO), and a host of members of Congress, including Reps. Ted Lieu, Raul Ruiz, Katie Porter, Gil Cisneros, and Katie Hill.
The 8th District stretches along much of California’s eastern border, and includes parts of San Bernardino County, and all of Inyo and Mono counties. The district includes, among others, the communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Bishop, Calimesa, Hesperia, Highland, Lone Pine, Mammoth Lakes, Needles, Trona, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa and Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.