Politics & Government

Fiorina leads in funds for California GOP Senate primary

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Carly Fiorina and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore each raised more than $1 million through the end of 2009, but Fiorina had a significant cash-on-hand advantage after loaning her campaign $2.5 million, according to year-end statements they released Friday.

Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, had $2.75 million in cash at the end of 2009, compared to $226,364 for DeVore. Former congressman Tom Campbell entered the Senate race two weeks ago and had to start his fundraising anew after dropping his gubernatorial bid.

Campbell is the initial frontrunner in the GOP primary, according to January surveys released by the Field Poll and Public Policy Institute of California.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Democratic incumbent, raised $5.9 million in 2009 and had $7.2 million in cash-on-hand as of Dec. 31, her campaign announced this month. Boxer spent $951,151 in the fourth quarter, more than Fiorina ($830,517) or DeVore ($367,076), according to a filing she released Friday.

DeVore has raised $1.2 million and received fewer than 20 contributions at the maximum per-donor amount of $2,400, according to his statement. His campaign is touting donations as small as $10 on his Twitter page.

Fiorina has raised nearly $1.1 million, including more than 200 contributions at the $2,400 level, according to her campaign statement. Her donors include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio and Irvine Co. CEO Donald Bren.