Campaign Filings Show Troy Edgar Imploding in AD72
Allen Surges, as Edgar’s Front-Runner Status Becomes a Thing of the Past
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Campaign finance reports submitted Friday to the Secretary of State show clearly that Travis Allen is now the candidate to beat in AD72.
When you subtract out debt owed to vendors, a common game played by campaigns to make their Cash on Hand seem more significant than it really is, the numbers speak for themselves.
$112,745.89 – Travis Allen for Assembly
$63,788.45 – Troy Edgar for Assembly
But the Cash on Hand figures only begin to tell the story.
In the past few months, Edgar’s campaign has had to spend 25% of what it raised just to pay their fundraising consultants, $15,000 of the $60,000 raised. They’ve also incurred a whopping $20,000 in additional consulting fees. And to date, haven’t paid for any voter contact.
The end result is that the campaign has fallen back from nearly $100,000 Cash on Hand in July, to just $63,788.45 in non-debt Cash on Hand today. Those struggles have clearly been noticed, as the Edgar Campaign’s largest donor was even refunded $5,000 that he asked be returned.
Meanwhile, the Allen Campaign is surging. In addition to a 2:1 Cash on Hand advantage, of what funds Allen expended, more than $16,000 of that went into Slate Mailers – already investing funds into voter contact.
“Elections aren’t won with Press Releases in July,” commented Allen Campaign Manager Emanuel Patrascu. “They’re won with voters. They’re won in the Fall. We’ve run a lean campaign, saving our resources for Voter Contact. And it appears that by doing so, we are going to have more than twice as much to spend communicating with voters.”
Troy Edgar has been reeling in recent weeks, as the OC Weekly recently revealed that Edgar apparently repeatedly violated federal campaign finance laws during his brief campaign for Congress. In addition, last week the OC Register added additional scrutiny to Troy Edgar’s repeated votes for higher taxes and fees by opposing Edgar’s proposal to massively expand the Los Alamitos Utility Tax to include services like cell phones, internet phones and even email.
In an embarrassing attempt to make his campaign still seem relevant, Edgar has lately resorted to recycling six-month old press releases.
It is now clear that Travis Allen is peaking at the right time, while Troy Edgar’s campaign is quickly moving backwards.
Travis Allen is a Certified Financial Planner and the owner of the Orange County-based Wealth Strategies Group. Travis has lived in Huntington Beach for the past two decades.
The 72nd Assembly District includes the cities of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Westminster, Los Alamitos, and the unincorporated community of Rossmoor.