California Insurance Commissioner candidate and former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced that his campaign committee achieved its fund-raising goal of $1 million by July 1. “We have $1,048,000 cash in the bank and we raised $2,008,383 since the last Feb. 17, 2002 report,” reported Pam Neifert, finance director.
Garamendi noted, “I am very happy that we were able to meet our goal and I am delighted that the money came from such a broad and diverse group of contributors.” The committee reported 518 contributions for the period. “I am very pleased to have the support of business, labor and consumer groups from around the state. They know how important the Insurance Commissioner is to the economy of the state, and they have confidence in my experience and ability to do the job.”
Garamendi also received endorsements from numerous statewide organizations including, but not limited to: California Council Law Enforcement Associations comprised of 35 local police and deputy sheriff associations, California Professional Firefighters, California State Firefighters Association, CDF Firefighters and local firefighter organizations, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, the California Nurses Association, and California State Employees Association, Operating Engineers #3 and #12, Carpenters North and South, and California Association of Highway Patrolmen.
Garamendi won the March primary by 200,000 votes, spending just over $1 million for the primary campaign.
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