Kevin De Leon, the Democratic California Senate leader, has started his run for the United States Senate with a considerable problem- despite having a campaign cash of $3.8 million, he cannot use it. This is as it is prohibited by the Federal law to transfer funds collected for the state committees to funnel into the US Senate campaign. He is trying to replace Senator Dianne Feinstein when she leaves office in 2018.
Obstacles and how to get over them
De Leon comprehends his obstacles. He said that he is in the process of raising new funds earmarked for the Senate run. He has also launched a campaign to achieve such aims. Feinstein has collected about four million for her reelection run. She also has her own personal wealth which would permit her to spend millions if she so needs to.
All is not lost, however. Political strategists and the legal experts claim that legal, but considerably restricted means exist to use the money raised for state campaigns to help in his quest. The path is mined with a number of potential controversies as his political opponents will go through his every move so that grounds for complaint can be found and subsequently made against him to the Federal Election Commission. De Leon is from Los Angeles.
De Leon said that he will do the required diligence, and he is going to raise the money. At the beginning of the campaign, the Democratic hopeful said that he will depend on people who want to make an investment in the campaign. He said that he does not have the financial capability to fund his own political campaign. The Democratic candidate is hampered by limits on the amounts of money given by individuals. Any campaign for the US Senate could not accept a maximum of $2,700 for every individual supporter. However, De Leon-setup campaign committee for the now abandoned lieutenant governor race, had accepted contributions to the tune of maximum $14,600 per year from individuals.
For De Leon, legal loopholes do exist. Until he becomes any federal candidate, he will be able to utilize the money gathered from his campaign as lieutenant governor to conduct polling on his popularity throughout the state. He can send mail and create supporters' databases. He could also sponsor himself for the traveling costs for visiting different destinations within the state so that he could speak to voters and groups.