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Boxer raises $2.4 million for tough reelection battle

April 12, 2010 |  4:31 pm

Sen. Barbara Boxer raised $2.4 million in the first three months of 2010, leaving the Democratic incumbent with a large war chest for her reelection battle later this year.

The three-term senator has $8.7 million in the bank for what is shaping up to be a challenging election year for incumbents and the party that controls the White House and Congress. In November, Boxer will face off against the winner of the Republican primary: either former Congressman Tom Campbell, former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina or Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

“It’s great to see this terrific response from Boxer supporters as we prepare for the tough race ahead,” said Rose Kapolczynski, Boxer’s campaign manager, in a written statement.  “With this kind of support, we will be able to reach millions of California voters and let them know that Barbara Boxer is focused on creating jobs and turning the economy around.”

More than 71,000 donors contributed to Boxer’s campaign by March 31, with 90% contributing $100 or less.

Boxer’s campaign coffers will get a big boost next week, when President Obama visits Los Angeles and holds a fundraiser for the senator and the Democratic National Committee. A reception at the California Science Center will be followed by dinner at the Natural History Museum. Tickets for the reception cost up to $2,500 per person, and the dinner costs $35,200 per couple.

Campbell announced last week that he had raised $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2010; Fiorina and DeVore have not yet released fundraising details this year. Additional details about the candidates’ financial wherewithal will become clear by April 15, the deadline for detailed financial disclosures required by federal elections law.

-- Seema Mehta

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