Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates
Among the non-incumbent LGBTQ Democratic candidates seeking U.S. House seats on the West Coast this year, gay Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has proved to be the most adept at raising money for his bid. He is leading the pack of three gay men and one lesbian seen as having the strongest chances of being elected to Congress in 2022 from the three-state region.Between December 17 and March 31 Garcia raised $821,087, according to his most recent campaign contribution filings with the Federal Elections Commission. He also reported having $678,703 in his campaign coffers heading into the June 7 primary, where the top two vote-getters will advance to the November 8 ballot.Garcia is seeking the open, new 42nd Congressional District along the coast of Los Angeles County. It is heavily Democratic, and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is seen as the other leading candidate among the eight people who qualified for the primary race. She reported raising $215,047 during the first three months of the year and had $177,732 remaining.As he raises funds for his campaign, Robert Garcia has pledged not to accept any contributions from political action committees tied to corporate interests. According to his FEC reports, roughly half of the money Garcia raised from individual donors was in amounts less than $2,000. "Our campaign is powered by grassroots supporters. We take no corporate PAC money, and are fighting to take dark money out of politics," he noted in an April 21 tweet hailing his endorsement from the group End Citizens United.