An underdog candidate for a South Bay congressional seat has lent his campaign a second $250,000, pushing him past the $500,000 mark and giving him the biggest war chest of any of the 16 contenders to replace former Rep. Jane Harman, campaign records showed Friday.
The latest infusion by Republican businessman and first-time office seeker Craig Huey enabled him to overtake Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who had raised nearly $424,000 in contributions, and Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who had collected about $338,000 as of the April 27 end of the latest campaign finance reporting period.
Democrats Hahn and Bowen are widely perceived as the frontrunners in the May 17 election in the 36th Congressional District, where their party outnumbers Republicans 45% to 27.5%. Most observers expect them to advance to a July 12 runoff, which will be necessary if no candidate wins a majority this month.
In addition to the money from his own pocket, Huey raised about $16,000 in donations, according to Federal Election Commission records. He has sent political mail to Republicans and independent voters and blanketed the district with campaign signs.