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"McNerney for Congress Concludes Strong First Quarter in Race to Unseat Pombo"

APRIL 4, 2006

McNerney for Congress Concludes Strong First Quarter in Race to Unseat Pombo

Fundraising Figures Increase over Q4 2005; Campaign nearly reaches 70% Threshold for California State Democratic Party Endorsement

Dublin, CA – The Jerry McNerney for Congress campaign announced today its preliminary first-quarter fundraising figures. The campaign raised over $50,000 in the period ending March 31, an increase of more than 25% over the final quarter of 2005, when McNerney raised $41,000.

McNerney's fundraising numbers demonstrate the campaign's continued momentum and growing support within the 11th Congressional District in California. Preliminary estimates are that approximately 40% of McNerney's over 900 individual donors reside within the district and about 90% are within the immediate Northern California region. The composition of the funds is approximately 75% small-dollar donors; with the remaining amount coming from contributions by organized labor PACs such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“As we move towards the June primary I am excited that our campaign continues to grow. The dollars demonstrate our increasing financial power, but what I am most excited about is our growing people power,” said Jerry McNerney. “We are building a strong grassroots network that will put an end to Pombo Politics in November.”

The McNerney for Congress campaign also demonstrated its widespread support within the California Democratic Party on Saturday, nearly surpassing the 70% threshold to obtain the California State Democratic Party nomination at the pre-primary convention.

Of the 39 votes cast by 11th Congressional District delegates to the State Central Committee, McNerney received 27 votes, nearly tripling the tally of his nearest competitor while finishing one vote shy of the 28 needed to secure a spot on the consent calendar for endorsement at the California Democratic Party convention April 28-30 in Sacramento.

“Our momentum continues to build following the endorsement of the two-million member California Labor Federation. Grassroots leaders across the district, from Stockton to Morgan Hill, have once again demonstrated their deep support for Jerry McNerney and his campaign to bring vision along with honesty, integrity, and accountability back to Washington,” said Campaign Manager A.J. Carrillo.

About Jerry McNerney: Jerry, a resident of Pleasanton is a nationally recognized expert in renewable energy development and works as an energy consultant. He is also the CEO of an energy startup.

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