Campaign Update: Following Royce Retirement, Gil Cisneros Best Positioned To Take CA-39

To:      Interested Parties
From:  Orrin Evans, Campaign Manager, Gil Cisneros for Congress
Re:      Following Royce Retirement, Gil Cisneros Best Positioned To Take CA-39
$1 Million Dollars Cash On Hand
The Cisneros Campaign announced at the close of the December 31st 2017 fundraising deadline that it had $1,032,157.90 cash on hand. More importantly, the campaign reported having over 2,188 individual donors and continues to refuse to accept any PAC money to its campaign. After outraising the primary field in the 3rd quarter last year, the Cisneros Campaign continues to impress – adding more than $850,000 this quarter to its fundraising total.

Strong Poll Numbers
Recent polling found that Cisneros is already in a statistical dead heat with Ed Royce in a general election match-up and is by far the strongest Democratic candidate in the primary. In December, the campaign released a polling memo showing Gil Cisneros to be statistically tied with Congressman Ed Royce and taking the lead once voters heard more information about both candidates. Read the polling memo here. The same poll also found that Cisneros is the best known and most popular Democrat in the race and leading among Democratic primary voters by a double-digit margin, with more than twice the support of his nearest Democratic opponent.

Broad Coalition of Support
Since announcing in July 2017, former Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros has put together a truly impressive coalition of support with 9 Members of Congress endorsing his candidacy along with Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, The Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets, the Hispanic Congressional Bold PAC, and local education officials.

“Gil Cisneros has racked up one of the most impressive early endorsement lists of any Democrat in the county”
– The Orange County Register

BOLD PAC
GIFFORDS Courage To Fight Gun Violence
Serve America PAC
VoteVets
Congressman Pete Aguilar
Congresswoman Nanette Barragán
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard
Congressman Raul Ruiz
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
Congressman Seth Moulton
Congresswoman Norma Torres
Fmr. Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez
Cal State Fullerton, VP of Student Affairs, emeritus, Sy Abrego
Mt. San Antonio Community College Trustee Dr. Manuel Baca
Rancho Community College District Trustee Zeke Hernandez
Mt. San Antonio Community College Trustee Robert Hidalgo
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Martin Medrano
Fullerton Elementary School District Board Member Jeanette Vazquez
Dolores Huerta, Women’s Rights Champion, Civil Rights Icon
Eva Longoria, Co-Founder Latino Victory Project
George Lopez, Comedian, Activist
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Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R.