If early fundraising were to decide the race for the California Senate’s 26th district, former WGA West President Patric Verrone would finish a distant sixth. The most recent campaign finance filings show that Verrone raised $44,753 through March 17 – far less than five others in the race. Candidates will have to file one more round of funding reports this month before the June 3 primary.
For the moment, however, Verrone has a lot of opponents ahead of him in the money race, led by Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, who has $381,725; Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen ($253,331); Dr. Vito Imbasciani, a state surgeon for the California National Guard ($183,874); former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler ($152,487); and Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights attorney and activist who Rush Limbaugh famously called a “slut” ($133,415). Trailing Verrone in the money race are Seth Stodder, a former policy director at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency ($36,600), and former lawyer and technology consultant Barbi Appelquist ($18,035).
Overwhelmingly, Verrone’s major contributors so far are either writers, connected with the Writers Guild of America, or more generally connected with entertainment, including such notables as WGA West Executive Director David Young ($4,100), Mad Men executive producer Matthew Weiner ($2,000), FX writer David Zuckerman ($1,000), writer Katherine Fugate ($1,000), writer-director John Wells ($1,000), actress Frances Fisher ($100) and directors Jonathan Mostow ($100) and Phil Robinson ($250).
See all of Verrone’s major donations here on the California Secretary of State’s website.