Huffman leads in fundraising for congressional seat

Assemblyman Jared Huffman has maintained his fundraising lead in the crowded race for the North Coast seat in Congress that seems likely to set a campaign spending record of $3 million or more for the region.

Huffman, D-San Rafael, reported $864,567 in campaign receipts through March 31.

Political newcomer Stacey Lawson, a San Rafael businesswoman and educator, collected $740,797, and a third Democrat, Marin activist Norman Solomon, had $526,802, according to Federal Election Commission records.

With more than $2 million in campaign funding for the top three alone, total spending for the primary election is likely to top $3 million, said David McCuan, a Sonoma State University political scientist.

"We've never seen dollars like this concentrated among three people," he said.

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