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BENNETT RAISES OVER $240,000 AFTER ANNOUNCING HIS CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESS

94% of Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett’s contributors are from Ventura County residents

VENTURA, CA (January 23, 2012) – Democratic candidate for California’s 26h Congressional district, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, released his 4th quarter fundraising total today. Bennett will show over $240,000 in contributions from over 435 individuals, and will show over $200,000 cash on hand. Ninety-four percent of Bennett’s contributors are residents of Ventura County.

“As a Ventura County Supervisor, I’ve had the honor of working on the issues most important to the residents of the county and I’m humbled by their belief in my candidacy,” said Bennett. “I’m committed to advocating for new ideas of how I’d represent the voters of the district in Congress, and I appreciate this tremendous show of support as I launch my campaign.”

In addition to a strong showing of financial support from the residents of Ventura County, Bennett has also proven to have overwhelming support among the grassroots community by receiving a decisive recommendation over the weekend for the California Democratic Party endorsement by local Democrats at their caucus.

“For the last ten years I worked to bring fiscal integrity to Ventura County by balancing the budget and increasing our reserves from zero to ten percent, and I did so without compromising the core values the voters elected me to represent. I plan to use the same principled approach in Congress where I’ll fight to create good paying jobs for middle class families, to protect Medicare and Social Security, and to strengthen our public education system,” Bennett continued.

With the retirement of Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly, California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional district officially becomes an open seat that favors Democrats. The 26th Congressional District has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program. The district has a 6% Democratic registration advantage and is one that President Obama won by 16% in 2008. The Cook Political Report rates the district as a “Democratic Toss Up” and the Rothenberg Report rates it as “Democrat Favored.” making it one of the top pick up opportunities for Democrats in 2012.

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A longtime resident of Ventura County, former educator, and former Ventura Councilmember, Steve Bennett was elected to the County Board of Supervisors in 2000 after a successful and very popular grassroots effort to pass the SOAR initiatives which protect Ventura County’s open spaces. He authored Ventura County’s tough campaign finance laws, has been a leader on the Board of Supervisors on environmental issues, expanded services for foster children and has steadily pushed efforts to deliver county services more efficiently.