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Ducheny’s Donations Come Primarily from Individuals versus Special Interests
May 26, 2012 (San Diego)-- FEC Reports filed yesterday by top congressional candidates in the 51st showed that Denise Moreno Ducheny outraised her primary opponentState Senator Juan Vargas, for the second time since she entered the race. Ducheny raised over $52,780 dollars, while her main opponent raised only $46,344.  Almost 85% of the money Ducheny has raised to date has come from individuals, most of whom live and vote in the 51st Congressional District.  By contrast, just under half of Vargas’ contributions have come from Political Action Committees, like the insurance and banking lobbies.

Vargas was predicted to out-raise Ducheny, as he has received strong financial backing from the Insurance and Banking Industries.  But Ducheny’s campaign received a surge of support from individuals as her efforts have ramped up before the June Primary.
Both are vying to replace retiring Congressman Bob Filner in this heavily Democratic strong-hold district spanning southern San Diego and Imperial Counties.
“Most of the early money my opponent raised came when he had the field all to himself,” Ducheny stated. “Now that voters have a true Democratic choice it appears that his wells are beginning to go dry.”
“I am so proud that my donations continue to come from the working men and women of this district,” Ducheny went on to say. “Clearly my message is resonating with them.  I am in the district every day, meeting with constituents and gaining momentum and support. “Voters do not want another slick, Washington or Sacramento politician who will do or say anything to get elected. His slanderous tactics as well as his recent votes against single payer healthcare, women’s health issues and his opposition to the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights are catching up with him.”
The primary for the 51st Congressional Race is Tuesday, June 5.  Ducheny and Vargas are the strong favorites for the top two spots.  Both of the top two finishers will move on to the November election.
ECM has previously interviewed Ducheny, a long-time legislator who has represented southeast County in Sacramento for many years, holding key leadership positions.  Read our story here:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/8929 Vargas has thus far failed to respond to ECM’s interview request. 

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