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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.

Lifer in Bmt. October 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Boxer needs to go home & stay out of our district. Remember she push Obamacare though & told everyone vote it in & then see what's in it. A bunch of hog wash.
linda hanna October 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Dr. Ruiz is the closest thing to a Communist we've got. Wow what a background that man has. Frightening indeed.
Charles Ferrell October 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I think that was Nancy Pelosi who said to vote for Obama care to see what is in it, but Boxer or Pelosi are virtually the same. Both Northern California far left liberals who are very well in touch with their San Francisco ideology, but very much out of touch of the rest of America, which includes the San Gorgonio Pass Area. I don't they help local Democrat candidates when they endorse them.
Frank Villasenor October 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Do not believe what the adds say, do research and then judge
Ern Batavia October 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Research, Frank, will show that Ruiz doesn't know whether he's a Mexican, radical Indian, or just another Ward Churchill wannabe.
Sarah Valdivia October 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Dr. Ruiz has my vote
Jack Jones October 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
If boxer and the other Democrat in the state of California & the rest of the country had done as much for the state that Mary Bono Mack has done the state & country would be a lot better off. Ruiz is a puppet of the democrats & he not a good fit for the people of California . When you have to pay more taxes next year if he & muslim Obama get reelected you can cry in my piss.
Betty McMillion October 29, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Just a reminder that we are now in the 36th Congressional District with the Coachella Valley, Hemet and San Jacinto, so we are all in this together. Senator Boxer is the United States Senator representing California, how can you possibly tell the Senator to stay out of our District, this is HER District. Dr Ruiz is a Fantastic Candidate, a Brilliant Man and a Great Doctor, Mary Bono Mack lives in Florida with her third husband and spends approximately 3 weeks a year here in order to maintain her residency. Don't forget she voted against Lilly Ledbetter and she voted against more pay for our Military and help for our vets. All she does is vote the way she is told to by the Republican leadership. Don't be Sheep being led to the slaughter. Really look at the Issues.
Bob M October 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Wjat has mary Bono Mack done for anyone except herself. When will people wake up and realize that Republicans are only out for themselves. How can you forget the shape the country was in after 8 years of Bush??????? Ruiz has my vote and Mack can move to Florida and stay there. She is one angry woman.
Darlene Nolan October 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
This man, Ruiz is not fit to be a U.S. Congressman. In the debate he acted like a fool, with a silly grin on his face. His ideas are so far left I will not vote for him. Congresswoman Bono-Mack has worked very hard, is very intelligent and reflects solid American ideals. My question to Dr. Ruiz - After getting a free paid for by tax payers American education - are you giving that up to go into politics? Do you find the medical profession to much hard work?
Dex October 29, 2012 at 07:28 PM
And Bob M sounds like one uninformed voter. I am not saying that Bush was the most wonderful leader, but it is extremely hard to deny the fact that Obama has led Americans down a pretty slippery slope. Have you looked at our nations deficit? We are deeper in debt than ever thought possible, and in much worse condition than when Bush was at the steering wheel....all thanks to Mr Obama. Can we seriously afford 4 more years of this type of spending? I wish we had a better presidential candidtate to choose from in this election, but I seriously think that Romney is the lesser of 2 evils, and stands a much better chance of leading the nation into a better financial stance than where we are now.
Jack McCafferty October 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Dex, I agree with you% Romney is the leser of 2 evils. Obama's HHS mandate is another issue that will lead us down the road to a social democracy. Mitt Romany has my Vote. P.S. I am also voting ProLive...Have a good day Dex.
Andie Pol October 30, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Obama is a Christian . . . Not that it matters . . . In America it is a rite to believe in God as one sees him . . . Or not to believe at all if that is ones choice. When you say distasteful and mean things about our President your ignorance just glows all about you.
Andie Pol October 30, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Here here Betty. Dr. Ruiz has my vote too!
Andie Pol October 30, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Do notyou understand? We need Dr. Ruiz. He will help obama implement Obamacare. Obama / Biden 2012! Ruiz 2012,
Andie Pol October 30, 2012 at 04:38 AM
A vote for Romney is a vote against your very own best interests. Obama's policies are kicking in. He needs the opportunity to finish all the hard work he began four years ago. Have faith. It would have taken a miracle for ANYONE to have successfully gotten us out of that mess in one four year term ....... and you know that is true. You know it is.
Darlene Nolan October 30, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Andie, You are so wrong about obama care. When it kicks in your insurance rates will go up and Obama will be out of office and not held responsible. Do you want the government to run your life or do you want choices to make your own way. Obama care will bankrupt the country and lower the quality of healthcare as we now know it.
Dex October 30, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Andie, you are seriously delusional if you actually believe in half of what you are posting. Obama--a christian?? Thats priceless. I have seen absolutely no indication that he has any ties whatsoever to christianity, and he has behaved in ways that show just the contrary. And you want to give him another 4 years to finish the work he "supposedly" started? Geez.....you're kidding right? In the real world (where most of us reside) if it took me 4 years to show any signs of tangible progress on a task -- I would surely be fired. And since Obama has show very little signs of accomplishing anything he promised he would, he should be fired as well. In fact, he has moved us into a very dangerous position....and left our country in a financial hole which will take decades to dig ourselves out of....."and you know that is true".
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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