(An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported data about Susan Jordan's report)
After playing a tiresome game of chicken throughout the day on Monday, 35th Assembly District Democratic candidates finally filed their campaign finance reports in the evening (Das Williams blinked first, shortly before 6; Susan Jordan waited until almost 9 p.m.).
When it was finally available, however, the information was indeed revealing. It showed Williams has not only a substantial advantage ($103,000 more in the bank), but also that he is very good at raising money.
By Williams' count, he has received contributions from nearly 600 separate donors, about three-quarters of them individuals in the district. He told me that an online appeal in late December was fabulously successful, a statement confirmed by the number of contributions in his report that list the online service ActBlue as an intermediary. That suggests that Santa Barbara has become a very good place for Democrats to raise money; those who got engaged in donating to campaigns during the 2008 presidential campaign and the no-holds-barred race for state Senate in the area may be ready to make a habit of it.
Jordan's numbers were not so good. She reached the $100,000 mark during the last half with the help of a $3,400 transfer on Dec. 28 from the campaign account of her husband, Assemblyman Pedro Nava.
Still, it's enough to be competitive. The guess here is that both candidates will have to spend all or nearly all of what they have by the June primary.
That's good news for Republican candidate Mike Stoker, who has $98,000 in the bank and will be able to hold on to nearly all of it through June. That will give him a big jump on the general election, as the winning Democrat will have to start raising money all over again.