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The Hill: Brian Nestande among country’s ‘lackluster’ fundraisers

October 18th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

State Assemblyman Brian Nestande’s most recent fundraising reports garnered him some unwanted attention from The Hill today.

The Washington publication named the Palm Desert Republican, who is trying to unseat Rep. Raul Ruiz, among six “losers” in the 2014 race for cash.

nestande and ruizBetween July 1 and Sept. 30, Nestande raised $76,872 — roughly half of what he had the previous three months. He had $150,585 left in the bank by the end of the fundraising period.

Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, raised $322,183 in the three-month period and had $875,933 in cash on hand.

The story said the “lackluster fundraising” by some notable incumbents and challengers is “raising new questions about which races are likely to be competitive next year.”

“Nestande was outraised by freshman Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) by a 4-to-1 margin over the last three months heading into his announcement that he was running earlier this week,” The Hill reported today. “If he and national Republicans hope to make this swing seat competitive, he’ll need to step up his fundraising now that he’s officially a candidate.”

Nestande’s political consultant Duane Dichiara today expressed confidence in where the campaign is financially.

“I think there’s plenty of time to raise money between now and election day,” Dichiara told The Desert Sun. “We’re  more than a year off. Brian is fully engaged now and working hard and we will have enough money in November of next year to be competitive.”

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