Sparks Raises $257,688 in Q3; Out-Raises Nearest Republican Opponent by $135,000
Irvine, CA- Today, Orange County Board of Education Trustee Dr. Lisa Sparks’s campaign for Congress announced she was the top Republican fundraiser in the Federal Election Commission’s 3rd quarter in California’s 45th district. Sparks, who raised $257,688 in her first full quarter on the campaign trail, led all Republican candidates in fundraising and doubled her nearest Republican opponent. Sparks has clearly positioned herself as the Republican frontrunner to take on socialist Katie Porter.
“I’m so grateful for the overwhelming support. Orange County residents are concerned about the direction of our country and together we’re building a successful and professional campaign that will send a strong message to Washington, D.C. and Nancy Pelosi that Californians deserve better and that we’ve had enough!,” said Sparks, the Dean of the School of Communication at Chapman University.
“In Dr. Sparks’ first quarter on the campaign trail, we’ve seen considerable momentum building behind Lisa’s candidacy because Orange County voters feel betrayed by Porter’s hyper-partisan and extreme agenda. Katie Porter has aligned herself with the socialist wing of the Democrat Party– voting with AOC and Ilhan Omar 92% of the time — and has supported policies that hurt the economy, kill jobs, and raise taxes. In her short and unfortunate time in Congress, Porter has clearly demonstrated she is more suited to represent San Francisco than Orange County,” said general consultant Sam Oh.
The strong fundraising report by the campaign is in the wake of Lisa Sparks being named as an “On the Radar” candidate by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
The founding Dean of the School of Communication at Chapman University, Dr. Sparks entered public service in 2018 when she was elected to serve as the Trustee of the Orange County Board of Education’s 5th district, which overlaps 35% of the 45th congressional district. Sparks won her race overwhelmingly and was the top vote-getter earning 56.8% of the vote, with over 80,000 votes, in a field of five candidates.
California’s 45th congressional district was formerly represented by U.S. Representative Mimi Walters and includes the cities and communities of Coto de Caza, Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim and Orange.