Allen outraises Levine in 10th Assembly race

  • 05/09/2010: A1:
    PC: Democratic State Senate candidate Michael Allen talks with SRJC employees Hilleary Izard, middle and Ricardo Navarrette at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Roseland on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Assemblyman Michael Allen maintained a 2-to-1 fundraising edge over his challenger in their battle for the 10th Assembly District seat, campaign finance records show.

Allen raised $240,852 since July 1, more than double that of Marc Levine, who brought in $113,128. Allen spent $186,279, compared with Levine's $43,395.

The two Democrats are squaring off in a newly created Assembly district representing all of Marin County, part of Santa Rosa and portions of western and southern Sonoma County.

Allen is a former union leader and current assemblyman, and Levine is a first-term San Rafael city councilman.

Allen's fundraising this period brought his year-to-date figure to $868,529, compared with Levine, who has brought in $188,268, records show.

Allen has spent $835,656, leaving him with $170,408 in the bank. Levine has spent $181,652 and has a cash balance of $81,588 heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

Levine on Monday said he can't compete with Allen dollar-for-dollar. But he characterized his campaign as having more local support because the bulk of his donations have come from within the district.

"It says a lot that my opponent is raising all of his funds from politicians and interest groups in Sacramento and does not have a fundraising base in the district," Levine said.

Allen on Monday again refused to comment on his campaign as he has done for the past two weeks.

The amount of money flowing into the race reflects its importance to interests outside of Sonoma and Marin counties, along with the fact that Allen has to re-introduce himself to a new group of voters, said David McCuan, a political scientist at Sonoma State University.

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