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As Election Nears, Congressional Candidates Reveal Latest War Chests

Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong and California State Senator Alan Lowanthal are battling to represent Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and much of Long Beach.

Editor's Note: These figures are based on federal reporting current as of 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

When it comes to campaign fundraising, the 47th Congressional District candidates are no slouches. The candidates have netted a combined $2.3 million, but Republican candidate Gary DeLong has a $361,000 fundraising lead over Democratic candidate Alan Lowenthal.

DeLong, a businessman and Long Beach City Council member, and Lowenthal, a California State Senator and Long Beach resident are battling to represent Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and large swaths of Long Beach. 

The candidates recently submitted campaign finance disclosure reports to meet the Oct. 17 deadline to file with the Federal election commission

Altogether DeLong has raised $361,803 more than Lowenthal. DeLong listed $1,339,937 in total contribution receipts while Lowenthal listed $978,134.

In addition to leading with individual contributions at $ $1,074,438-- compared to Lowenthal's $ $562,330 -- Delong has outspent Lowenthal by$222.

DeLong’s campaign lists total expenses at $1,022,244 and Lowenthal’s campaign expenses are listed at $800,003.

DeLong reportedly has $317,693 in cash left to spend whereas Lowenthal has $178,473 cash left on hand, barring a last minute injection of funds.

Though trailing in individual donations, Lowenthal has raised $395,168 from committees or $140,989 more than DeLong, who raised $254,179 from committee contributions.

Under federal law, an individual can donate $2,500 per election to a candidate for federal office. Individuals can also donate a maximum of $30,800 per calendar year to a national political party committee.

Political action committees, also called PACs, can give $5,000 to a candidate per election and can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC.

For a full chart of the contribution limits for individuals and PACs click here.

And in July 2010, the country saw the birth of a new type of group, the independent expenditure-only committee – called “superPACs” – after the supreme court ruling in the trial of SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission.

Super PACs cannot give money directly to a candidate but they may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals and then spend unlimited sums to advocate for or against political candidates.

To learn more about who funds candidates, visit followthemoney.org – which provides financial data about state politics – and opensecrets.org for financial data about national elections.

As of Jan. 3, 2012, there were 356,549 registered voters in the 47th Congressional District with 42 percent registered as Democrats and 32 percent registered as Republicans, according to data from the Secretary of State's office.

The election is next Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

BSResident November 03, 2012 at 01:49 AM
You stated an opinion and said it was strange that no on had previously mentioned that opinion "here". I do not find that strange John. No, the increase in crime is not my opinion. See the story today on LBReport. http://www.lbreport.com/news/nov12/elbcrime.htm It's not that I don't believe you - it's simply makes your statement of fact nothing more than an opinion because are unwilling or unable to support it with any evidence. So we are back to Delong just being 'damned because he did' by voting to cut the number of officers in Long Beach.
Watts November 03, 2012 at 02:22 AM
You may as well give up on trying to explain the difference between an opinion and something that you can factually prove. For John, what constitutes an opinion is something that he just doesn't want to believe is true.
John B. Greet November 03, 2012 at 02:47 AM
BSR: What I found strange was that no mention was made in your comments that DeLong voted *for* previous budgets which *increased* police staffing and, later, *against* a recent city budget proposal which did nothing to address public safety pension reform. What I also found strange was that you made no mention that this, in turn, helped bring the police and fire unions back to the table (even though their contracts were not yet due to expire) and that this, in turn, resulted in significant concessions in their pensions which, in turn, will save the city hundreds of millions in the coming years. These are not my opinions, these are documented facts easily confirmed...for those who actually want to find them, that is. These omissions surpised me since you were otherwise quite thorough. Thorough, however, does not equate to comprehensive, fair, or balanced, as your comments have clearly demonstrated. The only opinion I stated was that I found your omissions of mitigating facts were both strange and convenient.
BSResident November 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Well John, I didn't mention a lot of things that weren't germane to my point. That also is not strange. The FACT stands. Long Beach residents are less safe where they live as a result of the most recent budget vote by Gary Delong. Residents of the East Division would be shocked if they knew how few officers patrolled their neighborhood on any given day. Fewer police has led to an increase in crime according to the LBPD.
John B. Greet November 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I would say that fewer police has *contributed* to an increase in crime and that DeLong, in voting to cut the PD's most recent budget (along with those of every other Department) contributed to that reduction in staffing, just as every other Councilmember did who voted for that budget and as the Mayor did in signing it. To attempt to lay all of this at one person's feet, while failing to acknowledge or commend other actions he has taken that offset it, is not, in my opinion, reasonable.
Watts November 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I don't think that BSResident was laying this at one person's feet, as much as this article only is about that one person (out of many) who are responsible and if/when an article comes up about other members f the council and/or the mayor, then BSResident would be right to bring it up in those articles, as well. But just because others did the same vote, does not make it ay less relevant to criticize Delong for his vote. Nor is such criticism laying it exclusively at his feet.
BSResident November 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
John, Only one LB councilmember that voted for the most recent budget is running for Congress. We are examining Gary Delong's record for that reason. You cannot take away Delong's culpability in making Long Beach less safe by pointing out that other councilmembers and the mayor also voted for this budget. We will examine and comment on their voting records when they run for re-election or a higher office. Gary Delong has taken no action since his last budget vote to offset the significant reduction in police levels. A significant reduction in police levels that has led to Long Beach residents being less safe where they live.
Mike Ruehle November 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Don't forget Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell also says cuts in police staffing have contributed to the "predictable" increased crime trends. If given more police, McDonnell says he can reverse the upwards trend. http://www.lbreport.com/news/oct12/mcdsttok.htm By the way, the recent City Council vote to AGAIN reduce police staffing was NOT unanimous. The vote was 6 - 3 with Schipske, Gabelich and Neal dissenting.
John B. Greet November 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
BSR, it is not my intent to ignore DeLong's part in working with a majority of his Council collegaues to make some of the hard budgetary choices that once again proved necessary to balance the City's budget. My concern is that your critique seems so very one-sided. DeLong cannot pass any budget all by himself. He is but one of nine Councilmembers who make these decisions on behalf of the entire city. On what facts do you base your statement that "...Delong has taken no action since his last budget vote to offset the significant reduction in police levels." Are you personally aware of his daily, weekly, and monthly Council activities? I am not. Because I am not, I am not comfortable making assumptions such as you have here.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
"By the way, the recent City Council vote to AGAIN reduce police staffing was NOT unanimous. The vote was 6 - 3 with Schipske, Gabelich and Neal dissenting." Look out. You know what that means. John is trying to hang the woes of the world on yet, another Lowenthal!
John B. Greet November 04, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Hardly, Watts. Though I'm sure it assists you in developing your various false premises to believe so. Just as Ruehle wants to be sure DeLong is held responsible for his record, I want Lowenthal held responsible for his. How sad that you seem to have a need to make light of that. Sad, but not at all unexpected.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Brings tears to your eyes, doesn't it?
John B. Greet November 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Yes. Most often from laughing at all of the foolish and arrogant comments you sometimes offer.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
last word ;-)
John B. Greet November 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
BSR lodged a legislative critique and only mentioned one person of the several who were responsible for enacting the budget he/she is critiquing. This, then, can reasonably be interpreted as laying the critique entirely at DeLong's feet. BSR is not criticizing DeLong for his part in passing the budget. Instead he/she chose to say: "Delong has the losing record when it comes to law enforcement" and "The FACT stands. Long Beach residents are less safe where they live as a result of the most recent budget vote by Gary Delong." BSR singled out DeLong even though DeLong has previously voted to approve many budgets that have actually *increased* police staffing and/or compensation, often at the expense of the budgets of other City departments. So, in truth, DeLong's overall record is one of *supporting* LBPD, not acting to its detriment. Did DeLong have a part in the vote BSR mentions? Yes, of course. But only a part, and not even a majority part. He cast one vote of the six required and even then the Mayor still had to sign it, which he did. As but one of nine Counclmembers, DeLong cannot operate in a vacuum and cannot make things happen all by himself. The same is true of Lowenthal, who has likewise contributed to many City- and State-level votes that have ultimately had detrimental effects in both jurisdictions. Lowenthal has contributed to those detriments, but he has not been solely responsible for them. See?
Marshall Riverdale November 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
You are a tremndous hypocrite. You have routinely cited selective statistics about California's standing on various economic indicators/tax rates as a reason not to elect Alan Lowenthal (since he has been a member of the state legislature). Now you are saying that Gary shouldn't be singled out on City budgetary matters because others were also part of the budgetary process. Saying Lowenthal isn't "solely responsible" now doesn't mitigate what you were trying to achieve in earlier posts when attempting to tie Lowenthal to those figures. You talk out of both sides of your mouth; it's really getting old.
John B. Greet November 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Mr. Riverdale, you have misunderstood my comments on this issue. I am not inclined to repeat them for you. If you are interested in understanding the facts, please review both the nature and the content of my comments in this area concerning both Lowenthal and DeLong. If you do, I think you may find that the challenge is not hypocrisy on my part, but a lack of full understanding on yours.
Mike Ruehle November 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM
When called a hypocrite and liar by two different people, Greet responds that people have misunderstood him because they "cannot fully comprehend" or it due to their "lack of understanding." http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/republican-candidate-long-beach-gary-delong-no-scientific-evidence-man-causes-climate-change-flip-flop-4-7-t-h-congressional-district-congress-national-race How delusional Greet must be to believe he is the only one to understand and comprehend issues. Either that, or he is attempting to intentionally distract people from DeLong's shortcomings for a reason.
Mike Ruehle November 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I would have been censored if "I" had called Greet a hypocrite or liar. Afterall, I was censored for calling someone a COWARD. But what the heck, calling someone a COWARD must not be nearly as bad as calling someone a hypocrite or liar.
John B. Greet November 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Poor Ruehle. He seems to believe every one is always so mean to him. He seems to believe everything that is said here revolves around or somehow relates to him. When things don;t go his way here, he whines and cries and stomps his rhetorical feet just like my children used to do when they were much younger. They grew out of all of that at about 10yrs of age. Ruehle apparently still has a ways to go.
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Okay folks, so on crime, is your question why did you cut police knowing that crime would likely go up, as the chief and rank and file warned? On education, what is your question to DeLong. Quick.
John B. Greet November 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Sure, ask him that. On education, ask if he feels the US Dept. Of Education should be downsized and/or eliminated and most of its reponsibilites pushed back to the State's where they belong.
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Okay. I have already asked about the education propositions because they obviously provoke a lot of opinion and very strong opinions. And because Councilman DeLong has made education a centerpiece of his campaign and campaign Lowenthal. Against Prop. 30, undecided on Prop. 38. What else, on crime?
John B. Greet November 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Ask if he agreed with Lowenthal's recent vote in favor of prohibiting local law enforcement agencies in California from cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I'm not going to ask about the other. They can talk to voters about what they have done, not what the other has not done, or done wrong. I don't have the space :D
John B. Greet November 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Too bad. Several here are quite anxious to address all of the things they believe DeLong has done wrong. Lowenthal appears to be immune from such scrutiny. Interesting.
Marshall Riverdale November 05, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I would like you to ask DeLong about the 2nd+PCH project. After two EIRs, years and years of going through the entitlement process (and nearly $5 million spent by the developer), over 2 million dollars per year that would have gone into the general fund, plus job creation for both the development project itself ($500 million) and ongoing operations....why did he wait until the council vote itself to let his position be known? Did he try to forge any consensus with other Councilmembers to support the project? If so, what did he do - who did he talk to and what were the results? Did he try to bridge the gap between the developer and the LCWLT/neighbors opposed? He collected huge amounts of money from stakeholders in favor and against the project in the time before and after the vote, is it possible his congressional fundraising benefited from a lack of public position leading up to the vote? The cornerstone of the DeLong campaign is that he knows how to create jobs. The greatest job creation project in his district seemingly took a back seat to his Congressional campaign. Perhaps I am wrong about that, but I cannot understand how a person who talks about experience in job creation did not champion getting some entitlement through. And to the credit of those who felt the project was too large in scope, they all wanted something developed at the site....Gary did not champion compromise it seems. I would like you to ask more about this Nancy.
Mike Ruehle November 05, 2012 at 06:33 AM
1. Ask DeLong why he pushed to exempt libraries from the list of places in which marijuana dispensaries could not be located near. 2. Ask DeLong how much money the developer of 2nd & PCH funnelled to his campaign in the immediate days before the vote on the project? 3. DeLong continually pushes for privatizing city services because the city now pays more for those services than it really costs in the private sector. Ask DeLong how, as the Budget Oversight Committee Chairman for 7 YEARS, he let that happen. 4. Ask DeLong why he sponsored replacement of the 2nd street sidewalks in Naples even though there was nothing wrong with the old sidewalks. 5. Ask DeLong why he sponsored spending taxpayers money to install a GREEN bike path on 2nd street in Belmont Shore that few wanted and nobody uses. 6. Ask DeLong why he has a staff of 3 people to answer his phones and why he needs two offices. 7. Ask DeLong what he has been doing to collect the $29 million delinquent parking tickets that have not been paid during the time he has been Councilman? 8. Ask DeLong what he has done to collect over $1 million in business license fees owed the city by check cashing establishments during the time he has been Councilman? 9. Ask DeLong about the pension he will collect for serving as Councilman. 10. Ask DeLong whether he repaid the city for skipping out of city council meetings to attend various Congressional Election forums.
Mike Ruehle November 05, 2012 at 06:58 AM
11. Ask DeLong why ACTA was unable to make a $6 million loan re payment in 2012 while DeLong was ACTA Chairman and demanded the Ports of Long Beach and LA pay the debt instead. Ask DeLong how that differs from the Long Beach Museum of Art not being able to make their bond payment which was subsequently paid by us taxpayers. 12. Ask DeLong why he claimed to NOT have ties to developer Tom Dean when pushing through the city trade of valuable port property for Tom Dean's swamp land, but afterwards extolled his personal relationship with Dean after Dean was killed in a plane crash. 13. Ask DeLong what was discussed during his meeting with Sean (the destroyer) Hitchcock the week before Sean bulldozed the Los Cerritos Wetlands. 14. Ask DeLong why he never asked for a show of hands for people opposed to the 2nd & PCH project during his monthly residents association meeting at the Yacht club prior to him voting to approve the 12 story building as was asked of him on several occassions. 15. Ask DeLong why he has mailed flyers critisizing Lowenthal for sponsoring SB 1243 while DeLong himself is on the record in support of SB 1243. 16. Ask DeLong why he used his City Council influence to try to overthrow a residents association election and supported candidates favorable to Belmont Shore bar owners. 17. Ask DeLong to name ONE THING that symbolizes what HE has done to improve the quality of life for residents of his city council district.
John B. Greet November 05, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Nancy, I rest my case. LOL

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