Larry Wilske approaches $400,000 raised in campaign for the 50th Congressional District

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Retired Navy SEAL Larry Wilske declared his candidacy for the House of Representatives in California’s 50th Congressional District just after St Patrick’s Day. He was the endorsed Republican candidate in 2014 to face off against long-time incumbent Susan Davis. Since then, Wilske and his wife moved from their Mission Hills home to Descanso.

Wilske was the first declared candidate in this race. Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells have pulled papers to run, and former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed recently announced his intention to run. Rumors about former Congressman Darrell Issa running were reported on The Hill, while Carl DeMaio has been phoning local Republican activists to test the waters about his possible candidacy.

Both Issa and DeMaio live outside of the boundaries of the 50th Congressional District, but because they are California residents, are qualified to run for any Congressional District within the state.

Wilske leads the pack in fundraising by a long shot. His campaign issued a press release today announcing that he has raised $376,207 since March with $270,207 coming in the 2nd Quarter of 2019.

“Our small-dollar fundraising success is a testament to the grassroots movement we’ve built in the 50th District,” said Wilske. “I am humbled by our extraordinary momentum going into the 3rd Quarter.”

Ninety-five percent of the 2nd Quarter contributions came from “low-dollar” contributions, described as less than $100. The average donation to the campaign was $40 from some 6,500 donors. The campaign reports that approximately 1,300 new donors contribute each month.

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  1. To answer your question Carl, I have over 100K Cash on hand and yes I have skin in the game. I’m very proud in what we have done and the over 6,000 Patriotic donors we’ve got in the last few months. I haven’t even started talking to the high dollar donors… yet

    Speaking of “talk” Carl, are you in or out?

  2. Just a reminder that anonymity is allowed, but commenters are to select a pseudo-name and stick with that name. Do not use multiple anon names and email addresses.

  3. Who ever “Details Details” is or who’s surrogate doesn’t matter. What does matter is the complete lack of an ability to do math or you making an unfounded claim about my honesty, honor or character. Yes, politics is filled with career politicians who are constant money vacuums (societal sucking chest wounds), I am not one of them…

    Imagine any other world where a single person could fleece people for 10-12 million dollars, lose every penny on campaigns, initiatives, or otherwise and still demand folks give more? Oh, and pocket hundreds of thousands along the way. So, “details details”, why don’t you focus your efforts on the continued fleecing of good people on losing efforts instead of taking on a Veteran with a stellar record, honorable service, and a team of outstanding Patriots? If you’d like to discuss this disagreement in person, I’d simply ask you to come out of the cowardly world of anonymity and put your name on your unfounded claim and meet with me to discuss this eye to eye.

    I’m very proud of the hard work my Team and I have done in the last 4+ months, the over 120K COH we are working with and our reporting numbers. The simple truth is, yes I’m spending a lot of money… and here’s the news flash, that’s what you do in a campaign! Unlike others I’m not raising money to line pockets, build a future “War Chest”, or buy influence from political careerists. I am spending a lot of money reaching out to decent hard working folks that see eye with me on matters of Patriotism, Family Values, The Sanctity of Life, and the Protection of our Country (beginning with our Children).

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    I’m going to step in here.

    “Larry Wilske simply can’t tell the truth.”

    This is uncalled for, “details details”

    “Check out his FEC report. After he pays the debt still owed by his committee, he has only $31,000 left over.”

    This may be a factually correct statement but intentionally misleading; the candidate does not have to pay back the monies he lent the campaign. The candidate does have over $160k cash on hand (as anyone who looks at the report can see). You need to stop calling a candidate a liar, especially when you are trying to change the rules of the game.

    “So, “details details”, why don’t you focus your efforts on the continued fleecing of good people on losing efforts instead of taking on a Veteran with a stellar record, honorable service, and a team of outstanding Patriots? If you’d like to discuss this disagreement in person, I’d simply ask you to come out of the cowardly world of anonymity and put your name on your unfounded claim and meet with me to discuss this eye to eye.”

    Larry, we let people post with pseudonyms here in the tradition of Madison and Hamilton’s Federalist papers. We recognize that some people would be unable to say certain things with their real names so we give them a pretty wide berth. I don’t do it because I want to own all of the comments I make, but that’s the Rostra policy. In other words, cool it with the “coward” label.

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