Outside money pouring into Central Coast congressional race

September 13, 2016
Salud Carbajal

Salud Carbajal

The 24th Congressional District race has generated the sixth largest amount of outside spending among House races nationwide during the current election cycle, according to figures compiled by Washington D.C.-based think tank the Center for Responsive Politics. The District 24 race generated the most outside spending among all congressional races in California.

Outside spending is defined as political expenditures made by individuals or groups independently of candidates’ fundraising committees. Group who spend outside money include political party committees, super PACs and 501(c) organizations.

A total of $1,600,805 has been spent by outside groups on the District 24 race. The Center for Responsive Politics figures were last updated on Monday.

Of that total, $905,732, or the majority of the money, has gone toward supporting Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal. In the June primary, Carbajal came in first, receiving 31.9 percent of the vote.

Carbajal will face Santa Barbara Republican Justin Fareed in the November general election. Fareed, who received 20.5 percent of the vote in June was the only other candidate in the primary who was major beneficiary of outside money. Outside groups have thus far spent $310,599 on supporting Fareed.

Five groups have already spent six figures on the District 24 race. The leading spender, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $546,080 on supporting Carbajal.

Another Democratic group, the House Majority PAC, has spent $359,118 on supporting Carbajal. The House Majority PAC also spent $7,106 on opposing the candidacy of Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, who finished third in the primary.

Justin Fareed

Justin Fareed

A group backing Fareed known as Citizen SuperPAC has spent $310,599 on supporting the Santa Barbara Republican.

During the primary, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spent a total of $220,000 on opposing Carbajal and Democratic Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, the fourth place finisher. The NRCC spent $110,000 on opposing each Carbajal and Schneider. The Republican committee has yet to spend money on supporting Fareed.

Lastly, the American Action Network spent $157,035 on opposing Schneider. The American Action Network describes itself as a 501(c) “action tank” that promotes center-right policies.

Each of the outside money groups only partially discloses its donors.



  1. r0y says:

    Why not, most democrats are either too ignorant, blind or uncaring to see what their party has devolved into (and I really didn’t think it could get worse; boy way I wrong). If voters chose not to see the truth before their very eyes, then they likely are democrats (and probably have been for quite some time).

    Do not put any hope into those poor people, they are lost.

    (5) 15 Total Votes - 10 up - 5 down
  2. womanwhohasbeenthere says:

    It’s 1996 all over again. Walter Capps defeated first term incumbent Andrea Seastrand with lots of outside money. It was one of the most expensive races in Congress that year. Now the Democrats are doing the same thing, bringing in lots of money to keep that seat.

    It has nothing to do with the people of this District, just raw political power. The Democrats have had that seat 20 years, a rubber stamp vote for anything the Democrat leadership wanted, and that kind of lockstep support is very valuable and worth buying at any price! That is why the Democrats are pouring so much money into Carbajal. This man has never had an original thought in his political life and he will vote for whatever the Democrat leadership wants.

    (15) 23 Total Votes - 19 up - 4 down
    • RonHolt says:

      All true. Unfortunately, Fareed looks like the same type as a Republican. I will likely end up voting for him despite his apparent ownership by special interest groups because I think Clinton will win as President and having one chamber of Congress in general opposition is the lesser of two evils.

      (2) 12 Total Votes - 7 up - 5 down
  3. Rich in MB says:

    Ok so contrary to a BS radio spot I heard on KVEC it sure looks like we now know who is the Politician with the outside money handlers….Liberal Salud!

    “Of that total, $905,732, or the majority of the money, has gone toward supporting Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal”

    But but but…he’s a man of the Little people being bought and paid for by the Washington DC Establishment!

    (16) 28 Total Votes - 22 up - 6 down
  4. NorthCountyGuy says:

    Public opinion of us serfs doesn’t count.

    District 24 is rigged (i.e., gerrymandered) by the ruling elites to elect democrats.

    How much of those campaign contributions (aka, bribes) are coming from the organized-crime bosses of the Public Sector Unions.

    (4) 6 Total Votes - 5 up - 1 down
  5. Jorge Estrada says:

    Yes I get the American Dream but I fear that Salud represents the American Dream for others to be funded by you. I would also be concerned about his personal finances and his pursuit to leverage that experience on you too.

    (19) 45 Total Votes - 32 up - 13 down

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