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War Chests Revealed in Race for 72 Assembly Seat

Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar has raised more money than rival since Jan. 1, but Huntington Beach businessman Travis Allen gained more in the past three months. Both have loaned a fair amount to their own campaigns.

In the election battle to represent Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach and Rossmoor, Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar has raised $134,000 more than his opponent since Jan 1., but Huntington Beach businessman Travis Allen has raised $89,000 more than Edgar during the past three months.

To be fair, some of the money raised by both candidates comes from loans the candidates made to their own campaigns.

Candidates Allen and Edgar are vying for the 72 Assembly District seat, which also includes Huntington Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Midway City.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, Edgar received $440,351.54 in contributions, $134,762 more than Allen’s $305,589.54, according to the latest campaign finance data from the California Secretary of State

However, during the latest filing period -- July 1 through Sept. 30 -- Allan raised $89,091 more than Edgar: Allen raised $150,424.54, Edgar $61,333.54.

According to the Loans Contributions page on the Secretary of State’s Website for each candidate, since Jan. 1 Edgar has loaned his own campaign $100,000 and Allen and his business have loaned his campaign $205,000.

Allen pushed ahead in the latest filing period by loaning at least $125,000 to the campaign between July 1 and Sept. 30.

The contest between the two candidates has been contentious to say the least.

Recently the two squared off at a tense debate in Fountain Valley during which Edgar called Allen a political novice and Allen called Edgar “a criminal.”

In response to the latest funding disclosures, in a press release the Allen campaign accused Edgar's campaign of "imploding" as Allen pulls ahead.

“We’ve run a lean campaign, saving our resources for Voter Contact,“ said Allen campaign manager Emanuel Patrascu in a written statement. “And it appears that by doing so, we are going to have more than twice as much to spend communicating with voters.”

However, Edgar said in a Tuesday night interview with Patch that his campaign fundraising is on schedule, and they’ve already canvased 90 percent of their targeted voter precincts.

“I feel good about the finances,” Edgar said with Patch. “We’re going to win by a large margin, just like we did in the primary.”

“I’m running this like a war room, and we’re going to win,” Edgar added.

As of Oct. 5, the Allan campaign has $112,745.89 on hand (contributions minus expenditures). Edgar has $79,158.36.

California law required the candidates to disclose their financial contributions and expenditures for July 1 through Sept 30 to the Secretary of State by Oct. 5. 

In California, the maximum a person can donate to a candidate for the state Legislature is $3,900, and the maximum a small contributor committee can donate is $7,800. A political party can make unlimited donations, according to the latest information from the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Click the either of the two link below to see in-depth information on the two candidates financial activity. 

Travis Allen for Assembly (ID $1345986)

REPORTING PERIOD

07/01/2012 - 09/30/2012

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THIS PERIOD

$150,424.54

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS 1/1/2012 - 09/30/2012

$305,589.54

EXPENDITURES FROM THIS PERIOD

$39,890.36

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1/1/2012 - 09/30/2012

$197,027.88

ENDING CASH

$112,745.89

Troy Edgar for Assembly 2012

REPORTING PERIOD

07/01/2012 - 09/30/2012

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THIS PERIOD

$61,333.54

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS 1/1/2012 - 09/30/2012

$440,351.54

EXPENDITURES FROM THIS PERIOD

$79,158.36

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1/1/2012 - 09/30/2012

$376,573.42

ENDING CASH

$78,428.19

Clarification: An earlier version of this story did not include the amount the candidates gave to their own campaigns in both the Jan. 1 through Sept. 30 and July 1 through Sept 30 time periods.

Christina Y. October 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Troy, instead of commenting on your "War Chest" please comment on the allegations of illegal campaign finance reported by the OC Weekly! You have been accused of criminal activity and you say nothing. Why would any conservative vote for you given your history of raising taxes and your shady, back door, and criminal fundraising tactics. Troy, you should come clean with the public or back out of the election. The truth will come out Troy!
Mike Baxendale October 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I want to know how Troy Edgar has avoided criminal charges. It's plain to see he has no problem taking kick backs and illegally financing his campaign. Can someone please investigate this guy?
met00 October 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
So, since the primary we have seen: - Allen raise more funds than Edgar - Allen get the endorsements of the #3 and #4 finishers in the Primary - Allen get 2/5ths of the Los Alamitos City Council to endorse him - Edgar recycle an endorsement press release of people that mostly endorsed him PRIOR to Allen getting in the race - Edgar violate FEC law as reported by Moxley - Edgar create DD which he admitted was a "sales" job - A request that the CA AG determine if Edgar and his Council majority violated Prop 218 in the trash contract he changed the City Code to push through after a Superior Court Judge ruled that Edgar and the majority violated the City Code in the original award. In an alternate universe "We’re going to win by a large margin, just like we did in the primary.” may just qualify as a true statement. But from an outside perspective it looks like Edgar is taking it in the shorts. Using the raw numbers, if the people that voted against Edgar before (voted for the #2, #3 and #4 candidates in the primary) vote with the endorsements and against Edgar in the General it would mean that Edgar gets 1/3 the vote to 2/3 for Allen. Which may explain why Allen is getting the money and endorsements since the primary.
met00 October 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Hmmm, Art Pedroza picked up the latest Allen press release on thsi as well. http://ocpoliticsblog.com/troy-edgar-imploding-in-ad72-press-release/#more-5739 Smms that Patch missed a bit "When you subtract out debt owed to vendors, a common game played by campaigns to make their Cash on Hand seem more significant than it really is, the numbers speak for themselves. $112,745.89 – Travis Allen for Assembly $63,788.45 – Troy Edgar for Assembly" That is a 2:1 cash on hand advantage to Allen just as the campaign hits it's final weeks. Unless Edgar is about to dump another $50K loan into his campaign, this could spell trouble in voter contact pieces from slate mailers to campaign brochures an even potential phone banking. Looks like the "inexperienced" Allen is running a much tighter campaign ship than "look at my experience" Edgar, and while Edgar is right that we don't know where he stands on the "experience" issue, we do know where Allen stands on running a campaign, and it's 2:1 in his favor. Good luck with the "We’re going to win by a large margin, just like we did in the primary.” talking point.
Mike C. October 11, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Allen is wrecking Edgar raising funds, check it out: http://www.electiontrack.com/lookup.php?committee=1345986 People can smell a loser and Troy reeks of failure!

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