Campaign finance reports reflecting contributions received during the third quarter of the year will be released Monday, but in the case of the 19th District Senate campaign those reports will be outdated before they are ever disclosed.
The reporting period ended Sept. 30 -- last Tuesday. But yesterday, Republican Tony Strickland took in a healthy $283,000, topped by a quarter-million dollar contribution from the state Republican Party and $18,000 from the Fresno County GOP. He also received $3,600 from Philip Morris USA --a contribution that may rekindle discussion about the role of tobacco industry money in this campaign.
Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson reported another $42,000 in contributions yesterday, led by $25,000 from the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee. And, building on her financial base from organized labor, she received $3,600 from the Washington, D.C.-based International Union of Painters and Allied Trades PAC. This comes on top of $124,000 she received from the state Democratic Party on Wednesday, the day after the most recent filing period closed.
To review, that's more than $400,000 that has flowed into the campaigns in just the three days since the reporting period closed.
Whichever candidate loses this campaign, one gets the feeling it won't be for lack of resources.