When it comes to fundraising, Dan Ball and Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, draw from two vastly different pools of people.
One turn to others states and Hollywood while one of her nearest Republican competitors draws primarily from the Coachella Valley where he has lived the better part of two decades.
Brown Pelzer, a “resident” of Palm Springs for about three months, draws primarily from wealthy, out-of-state Republicans and many who live outside the boundaries of the 36th Congressional District.
Brown Pelzer, 56 who has been referred to as a “carpetbagger” by the president of the Lincoln Club,” received $175,832 in contributions between Oct. 6, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017, according to the Federal Election Commission. As of Dec. 31, her cash on hand totaled $146,633.
She tapped people in Hollywood, including CBS Television, a soap opera producer, wineries and more.
Individual contributions for Ball, 43, a Realtor, are not currently available on the FEC website. His data has been processed, according to the FEC, adding that “This data has been categorized and coded by the FEC. The FEC’s multi-step process can take days (for electronic filings) or weeks (for paper filings).”
However, knowing the information is public record, Marc Troast, Ball’s fundraising manager, released to Uken Report Ball’s individual contributions.
It is no secret that Brown Pelzer significantly outmaneuvered Ball in this period of reporting. Ball raised $15,400 between Oct. 2, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.
Other than amounts raised, the other notable difference is that Ball garnered the majority of his contributions from the desert, including the communities of Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta and Palm Desert.
Four of his contributions came from out of state: Tennessee, Indiana, Nevada and Texas. A handful also came from outside the 36th Congressional District.
Ball and Brown Pelzer are seeking the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz. They are two of four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination in June.
California’s 36th Congressional is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes most of Riverside County, including the area from Hemet to Blythe. It also includes the desert communities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells and Cathedral City.