FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2023
SECOND QUARTER REPORTS SHOW GRASSROOTS MOMENTUM BEHIND WILL ROLLINS
Rollins Ranks #2 Among All House Challengers in the United States
CORONA, C.A. — Reports officially made public by the Federal Elections Commission on Saturday showed that Will Rollins ranked second in fundraising among all House challengers — Democrat or Republican — in the United States for the quarter ending June 30. The reports also demonstrated vast differences in how Democrat Will Rollins and Republican Ken Calvert’s campaigns are funded.
Rollins’ report showed that 95% of all direct contributions to his campaign came from individuals, compared to just 52% for Calvert. Additionally, Rollins reported raising over $126,000 in unitemized “small-dollar” grassroots contributions, compared to just over $24,000 for Calvert.
“Unlike our opponent, our campaign is people-powered,” said Rollins. “Ken Calvert might have a host of corporate PACs and political special interests bankrolling his 16th re-election bid, but that’s no match for the grassroots army of supporters investing in our campaign for change. We’re going to build an operation that brings together Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, united in ending Calvert’s 30+ year career of corruption and ushering in a new generation of public-service leadership.”
Here’s a breakdown of the aforementioned Q2 fundraising comparison:
Other notable highlights from Calvert’s latest report include $86,000 from corporate PACs, over $124,000 from the real estate industry, and now has taken over $24,000 in contributions from members of the extremist Freedom Caucus, including from Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.
According to the National Journal, Rollins’ $890,000 total for Q2 placed him second among all House challengers — Democrat or Republican — in competitive districts across the United States. Only Adam Frisch — who reported $2.7 million in Q2 in his bid to replace Lauren Boebert — raised more.
California’s 41st District is already being named one to watch in 2024. A recent article in The Press Enterprise stated, “[t]he candidates’ flush coffers foreshadow a costly local fight in the larger battle for control of the House of Representatives.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named the district one of its 33 initial “offensive targets,” and House Majority PAC has announced a $35 million battleground fund for California house seats.
Will Rollins is a Palm Springs resident and Southern California native. A former federal counterterrorism prosecutor, he is now running for Congress in California’s 41st Congressional District.