July 16 2013 12:00 AM

District Attorney candidate Bob Brewer's raised nearly $280,000 so far

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Robert Brewer, wondering why Bonnie Dumanis doesn't consider him a serious candidate
Photo by Kelly Davis
In an interview last month, San Diego District Attorney candidate Bob Brewer told me he was confident his campaign fundraising totals for the first half of 2013 would prove impressive. "Come June 30," he said, "there will be no doubt I'm a viable candidate." ---

Earlier today, Brewer's campaign announced it had received $243,993 in contributions from 572 individuals. With a loan from Brewer for $36,000, this brings his fundraising total to just shy of $280,000. Brewer's challenging incumbent District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Dumanis' campaign spokesperson Jennifer Tierney said she didn't have official fundraising totals at this time.

Putting the amount into context is tough, since Dumanis hasn't faced a challenger since she beat incumbent DA Paul Pfingst in 2002. There's no other countywide elective office that's nearly as high-profile as DA. Perhaps closest in terms of competitive races is the 52nd congressional seat where, U-T San Diego reported, Rep. Scott Peters has raised $526,000 to challenger Carl DeMaio's $469,000.

When I spoke to Dumanis for last month's article on Brewer, she said she didn't yet consider him a challenger-he'd not yet held a press conference to formally declare his candidacy, she pointed out. Brewer's spokesperson countered that he was committed to running and would be making a formal declaration this fall.


Dumanis, meanwhile, has secured the endorsement of a slew of elected officials and a number of powerful fundraising groups like the Lincoln Club of San Diego, San Diego Restaurant Association and the San Diego Association of Realtors. Brewer's said he won't accept endorsements from elected officials in order to keep his office out of politics.



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