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A newcomer to politics and to California has outraised Rep. Jim Costa in the first reporting period for congressional campaign fundraising.

Costa, D-Fresno, could be running for his 10th term in 2022. He raised $70,498 for the first quarter of 2021.

David Giglio, a Madera businessman, filed to run last month as a Republican. He raised $124,291 for the quarter — although $107,790 comes from a self-loan. He moved from Connecticut to the Central Valley a few years ago.

Many have tried and none have been successful defeating Costa. On his website, Giglio says he will represent the people and Costa is too liberal.

Valadao Leads in CD 21; Parra Far Behind

Three candidates vying in the Valley’s 21st Congressional District raised six-figure totals for the first quarter of 2021.

Incumbent David Valadao, R-Hanford, raised $321,287. GOP challenger, and former Fresno City Councilman, Chris Mathys reported raising $106,831 — with $100,000 coming from a self-loan.

TJ Cox, the Fresno Democrat who defeated Valadao in 2018 but lost in their 2020 rematch, raised $139,709 for the quarter.

But in a new federal filing, Cox has changed the name of his campaign committee to “Rising Electorate PAC” and and changed its designation to allow funds raised to support more than one federal candidate.

As to what that means for Cox’s future as a candidate, his campaign says they will have an announcement next week.

The one outlier in the fundraising sweepstakes this round is Nicole Parra, the former state assemblywoman who is returning to politics. She raised just $30,901 for the quarter.

Rob Pyers of the California Target Book summed up in one word what many political watchers also said in reaction to Parra’s totals.

“Oof,” Pyers tweeted.

Parra was undeterred.

“I am humbled by all the early support for my campaign for Congress. Since I began this journey in December 2020, hundreds of family and friends have personally contributed,” Parra said.

Arballo Tries Again to Defeat Nunes; Raises Six-Figures

Phil Arballo, the Fresno Democrat trying to once again unseat Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, raised $273,398.

“Unlike Devin Nunes, who is bankrolled by Big Pharma and corporate special interests, I have rejected all Corporate PAC money for my campaign. The people of the Central Valley deserve a representative that’s accountable to them,” Arballo said in a news release.

During the 2020 campaign, Arballo used nearly $41,000 in campaign funds for a salary and reimbursements. He cannot use this year’s haul until he becomes an official candidate when the filing period opens Feb. 14, 2022.

Arballo also received three monthly payments from the Voter Protection Project at the end of 2020, totaling $4,992. The project, founded by former Nunes challenger Andrew Janz, is listed as “salary.”

Nunes raised more than $1.4 million for the quarter and has more than $11 million cash on hand.

Eric Garcia, a Marine veteran who also ran for the seat in 2020, raised $57,509.

Nunes defeated Arballo in the 2020 general election, 54%-46%.

Valley Congressional Fundraising Totals

District Candidate Q1 2021 Raised Cash on Hand Debt
16 David Giglio (R) $124,291 $119,468 $107,790
16 Jim Costa (D)* $70,498 $412,380 $0
21 David Valadao (R)* $321,287 $457,621 $0
21 Chris Mathys (R) $106,831 $102,961 $350,000
21 Nicole Parra (D) $30,901 $33,042 $0
21 TJ Cox (D) $139,708 $116,101 $0
22 Devin Nunes (R)* $1,427,253 $11,317,489 $0
22 Eric Garcia (D) $57,509 $9,657 $0
22 Phil Arballo (D) $273,398 $231,599 $0
22 Lourin Hubard (D)

*incumbent; Source: Federal Election Commission (except Garcia: CATargetBot)

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email