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Sandra Fluke's biggest donor is ... Sandra Fluke

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Liberal darling and free-birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke is her own biggest donor in her state Senate race, according to official California campaign finance reports.

Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions. While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot, Fluke also loaned her campaign $100,000.

Where does a 2012 law school grad working as a social justice attorney get a loan that size? Her campaign never responded to a Washington Examiner inquiry, so we’re left to speculate.

Perhaps the loan was in part secured by the family of Fluke’s husband, Adam Mutterperl. In 2012, Fluke married Mutterperl, an amateur stand-up comic and son of big-time Democratic donor William Mutterperl.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Mutterperls have donated quite a bit to Fluke’s campaign. William and Nancy Mutterperl have each donated $8,200 to Fluke’s campaign. Adam has given a bit less – $4,100.

As a family, the Mutterperls have given Fluke $20,500. Fluke’s own family has donated $9,600 to her campaign (her mother gave one donation as Betty and one as Elizabeth).

While it’s not unusual for family members to donate to a campaign (it would be far more telling if they didn’t give), the fact that the donations, along with Fluke’s loan, accounts for 33 percent of Fluke’s fundraising is notable.

In total, Fluke has raised $416,185.28, according to disclosure forms. With one-third of that total coming from her family, it appears the campaign is trying to pump up its donation totals to appear stronger than it actually is.

Conversely, Fluke's opponent, Ben Allen, hasn't donated any of his own money to the campaign but has given the campaign a $50,000 loan, according to financial disclosures. His parents, Elena and Michael Allen, have each donated $4,100 to his campaign.

With the loan, that’s a total of $58,200. Allen has raised less than Fluke (not counting outside help), but he and his family have only provided 15 percent of his total donations.

If you remove family donations and loans, Allen has raised $330,141. Removing the same from Fluke and she’s only raised $278,859.01.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that the numbers might be even higher.

“Allen has raised at least $443,388, including more than $50,000 from his law firm, Richardson & Patel LLP, while Fluke has raised about $500,000, including $175,000 from her own loans and contributions, according to campaign finance reports,” the AP wrote.

With those numbers, Allen has provided 11 percent of his own funding while Fluke has provided a whopping 35 percent (and that doesn’t even appear to include family donations).

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