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Sen. Barbara Boxer Throwing Clout Behind Ruiz in Million Dollar Congressional Race

The Senator will be at a fundraiser for Dr. Raul Ruiz on Monday, Oct. 29, his campaign told Patch.

California Senator Barbara Boxer will be attending a fundraiser for Dr. Raul Ruiz Monday, as the heated election for the 36th congressional district heads in the final stretch.

The event is hosted by Barbara and Jerry Keller from 4-5:30 p.m. at LuLu California Bistro in Palm Springs, according to Ruiz's Finance Coordinator, Vivek Kembaiyan.

Tickets for the event start at $100, and were still available for purchase as of Sunday night, via this website.

With this fundraiser, Ruiz looks to inch closer in fundraising dollars to Rep. Mary Bono Mack, who has held the district seat since 1998.

"Dr. Ruiz needs our help to cross the finish line and win," the fundraising website for Monday's event states.

Million Dollar Campaign

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which runs the website OpenSecrets.org, both Ruiz and Bono Mack have raised more than $1.5 million so far.

As of Oct. 17, the incumbent had raised $1,942,526-- and spent $1,595,976 of that money, according to data provided by OpenSecrets.org.

Ruiz has raised slightly less than the congresswoman-- but not much.  As of the same date, Oct. 17, he had pulled together $1,531,248 in campaign donations, and spent $1,167,247, data indicates.

This congressional election has become increasingly more volatile as the two candidates inch closer to Nov. 6.  Check out the latest campaign ads above and let us know what YOU think of this race.

Mariana Zuelsdorf October 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Our health care costs have already gone up. Our family doctor is cutting back on his patient load so that he has more time with each patient, and we are paying a lot extra, out-of-pocket, to stay with him. My husband is disabled with serious health problems so we don't want to change doctors. We will also soon be paying more for our TriCare For Life secondary insurance. I think it might get worse under Romney, but he probably is the lesser of two evils and has my vote.
rjaraba November 01, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Dex - You are nieve at best, an idiot at worst. You forget that the Republicans have filibustered everything that has been presented to them - how can you complain about Obama's performance when he was blocked at every turn- You can't blame someone for doing nothing when the Republicans were the reason for the delay in any action to correct the problems - if Obama was given a blank check and failed then your argument would be correct - OK I take it back - your an idiot!!
Charles Ferrell November 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Barack Obama did have a blank check to do anything and everything he wanted his first two years in office, when Democrats has super majorities in both the U.S. House of Representatives (Pelosi) and the U.S. Senate (Reid). Obama got everything he asked Congress to do and how did that work out. After the 2010 elections and starting in January, 2011, the Republicans have gotten control of the U.S. House of Representatives and some things have been to get a bit better. Also note that the Democrats had full control of both houses of the U.S. Congress since 2007, which is when the wheels fell off the Bush Administration and our economy really started to tank. Also note, at no time during President Obama's administration, even the first two years when Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, did the Senate approve a budget, any budget. And Republicans didn't block anything. The last few budgets Obama and the Democrats have tried in the U.S. Senate have received unanimous "no" votes. That means all Republicans and Democrats wouldn't support the President's budget proposals in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, over the past two years, the House, under Republican rule, has passed any number of budget bills and economic measures that Harry Reid hasn't even allowed the Senate to consider in a vote. He wouldn't even allow a vote. The House has also approved a measure to solve the massive budget crisis set for Jan. 1, 2013, but the Senate and Obama haven't acted. 2010 a start. 2012...
Dex November 01, 2012 at 10:15 PM
rjaraba......Tis better to be thought an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Better check your facts buddy.
Ken November 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM
rjaba..you opened your pie hole and got fed your lunch. A better understanding of our political system would serve you well. Oh and maybe then you would learn that red squiggly lines under words means something......NIEVE!!!

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