The Carl DeMaio congressional campaign reported Tuesday raising over $900,000 in 25 days in contributions averaging just $84 thanks to aggressive digital efforts.
DeMario, a Republican seeking to unseat embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter in the 50th District, said his campaign ended August with $1.1 million in cash on hand.
“I’m so grateful for the support we’re receiving from grassroots contributors who believe that we can fight and win in California — it just takes a new model for how Republicans compete in a deep blue state,” said DeMaio.
The former San Diego City Councilman held eight fundraising events in August that brought in roughly 10% of funds raised, but more than 75% came from digital efforts via email, text, and online ads, according to the campaign.
“Carl DeMaio has built a grassroots money machine that will power his campaign to victory,” said Dave McCulloch of Capitol Media Partners, which oversees DeMaio’s online fundraising efforts.
DeMaio has 14 fundraising events scheduled in September, with trips to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., slated in the coming weeks.
Hunter is seeking a seventh term representing the East County district, but begins a trial on campaign financing fraud charges in January. Last year, he narrowly won re-election against Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar with 51.7% of the vote.
Campa-Najjar is running again, and Hunter faces a host of other Republicans, including El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn, former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, former U.S. Navy SEAL Larry Wilske and possibly Rep. Darrell Issa in the March primary