|By Timm Herdt, Ventura County Star, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Reports filed with the secretary of state this week show that the group funded by
Munger, who spent more than
De la Piedra, owner of an insurance business, is one of two Republicans in the primary, competing against
The top two finishers in the
Under state campaign finance law, independent expenditure groups can spend unlimited amounts of money in support of or opposition to a candidate, but may not communicate or coordinate their activities with the campaign organization controlled by the candidate.
"Clearly, Mario has made a very positive impression on the Republican leadership in
"The contributions that come from far away, I don't think they will have the impact some people think they will," Wilcox said.
Since the beginning of April, de la Piedra has been the beneficiary of more than
De la Piedra's campaign got off to a late start, as he entered the race in the week before the filing deadline. His campaign fundraising has lagged significantly behind that of McCoy.
As of the most recent reporting date,
"I think the McCoy campaign likes where it is," Wilcox said.
Reports show that the McCoy campaign has also been the beneficiary of large contributions from afar. An analysis of McCoy's contributions shows that his campaign has directly received
McCoy has also received
Under state law, contributions to a candidate-controlled campaign committee are limited to
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