Political Notebook

June 6, 2014

DA winner Smittcamp poured it on not just in vote total, but fundraising, too

Political Notebook

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Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp’s successful Fresno County district attorney campaign pushed right through the Tuesday primary election finish line.

And that goes for fundraising, too.

In the closing days of the campaign, Smittcamp picked up a $50,000 contribution from her husband, Brent, as well as a $50,000 loan from her campaign treasurer, Don Milligan.

She also received more than a dozen other donations since the last full campaign report, which covered through May 17.

By comparison, incumbent District Attorney Elizabeth Egan posted just three donations after May 17, including $11,500 from the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association Political Action Committee.

But, as the money battle went for the entire campaign, Egan proved no match for Smittcamp’s fundraising machine.

The heated race topped the $1 million plateau in money raised and spent by the time the May 17 reports were posted.

That made the showdown the most expensive district attorney’s race in Fresno County history.

At that point, Smittcamp had raised more than $685,000. Egan raised around $430,000 since January 2013, though she started off with a hefty account from past campaigns.

Now, add some more to the total, especially from Smittcamp.

What the final numbers are for both sides won’t be known until the next campaign finance reports are filed.

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