By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Rep. Mike Thompson is dominating fund-raising in the race for his Congressional seat as he seeks an eighth term in Congress.
The St. Helena Democrat reported that his campaign has $1.2 million in cash on hand, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Meanwhile, his two Republican opponents raised what appears to be less than 1 percent of Thompson’s war chest between them.
Thompson raised $81,102 in the fund-raising period from April 1 through May 16. Randy Loftin, Republican of Napa, raised $3,929 in the reporting period, according to his filing. Loftin loaned his campaign $5,000 in March, and he listed $7,285 in cash on hand in Thursday’s filing, with debts and obligations of $5,000.
Stewart John Cilley, Republican of Rohnert Park was not listed in the FEC filings. Cilley recently said he had raised less than $5,000, which is the threshold to trigger filing a campaign finance report.
Democrats dominate the new 5th Congressional District, which includes Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Sonoma Valley, with 52 percent of registered voters, compared with 22 percent Republicans.