Guess who outraised Feinstein in small donations?
If you only listen to the major news outlets, then you'd only be aware of two people running for California Senate - Sen. Dianne Feinstein and State Senate leader Kevin de León.
It turns out there is someone else running.
Most notable is Alison Hartson, an activist and former high school teacher from Orange County who became a Democrat to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders and has had surprising success racking up Sanders-style small-dollar contributions.
Hartson — who’s never run for office before and who’s received almost no mainstream media coverage of her campaign — received more money in small-dollar donations than Feinstein and De León combined: She took in $158,707 in unitemized contributions less than $200 over the last three months of 2017, compared to $111,524 for Feinstein and just $31,427 for De León.
Overall, de León raised $434,000 in that period, compared with $213,757 for Hartson, while Feinstein raised about $1 million from donors and political committees and gave her campaign a $5 million personal loan. Most of de León’s haul came from bigger donors, including architect Frank Gehry, tech investors Sam Altman and Reid Hoffman, philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, L.A. Dodgers president Stan Kasten and former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez.
Hartson hasn't even been listed in the polls. Specifically, the race has been spun like this.
The good news for de León is that he too has his own double-digit lead—over third place, which is currently held by the perennial candidate “Someone Else” at 3 percent support.
Even the news article above regarding Hartson spins the news like she's doing the Democrats harm, and is an extremist.
Now a handful of long-shot challengers are running in the tiny sliver of space to de León’s left, complicating the State Senate leader’s attempts to consolidate liberal support and paint himself as the progressive alternative to Feinstein.
...But the other candidates’ presence could be a hurdle for his campaign. If they’re invited to debates, for example, they would distract from de León’s attempts to go toe-to-toe with Feinstein. And if a major Republican does jump in — none has so far — the other liberals could peel away votes from de León and make it harder for him to get past the top-two primary.
When did Democrats stop believing in democracy? Or is it just the news media?