John Dennis

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John Dennis
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 12
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthJersey City, NJ
Campaign website
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John Dennis is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of California.[1]

Dennis sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of California in 2012. He lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Campaign themes


Dennis' campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • Healthcare: "At the time Obamacare passed into law, the federal government accounted for 53% of all healthcare spending. When adding in state, county, municipal and other government programs, it is safe to say that governments in the U.S. accounted for 60% of healthcare spending."
  • Foreign Policy: "Few can argue that American foreign policy, in almost any instance, has been successful in decades. From unconstitutional incursions, to covert interventions around the globe, Washington’s policies have cost blood and treasure while making Americans less safe. Given its geographic position and economic power, the United States is not threatened, certainly not existentially, by any other country or organization on Earth."
  • Civil Liberties: "The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that searches of property and effects have a warrant, issued by a judge, based on probable cause. NSA programs such as PRISM, treat ALL Americans as potential suspects. Probable cause has no meaning if applied to an entire people."
  • Monetary Policy: "The Federal Reserve gets its power via inflation, effectively using a back door into your bank accounts and wallets to direct the economy as it sees fit, frequently to the advantage of insiders and the connected."
  • Jobs & Economy: "The American economy, and the world economy for that matter, is so out of balance that we can expect another correction."


—John Dennis' campaign website,


Dennis' campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Racism
Excerpt: "Racism is the lowest form of social discourse and interaction. Governments have historically institutionalized racism through legal preference and advantages to certain groups, at the expense of others."
  • Liberty & Privacy
Excerpt: "The Constitution was written to restrict the actions of the government, not individuals. That is why we call ours a limited government. Unfortunately, American political vocabulary is filled with a lexicon of different types of liberty: civil liberty, economic liberty, sexual liberty, financial liberty, etc."
  • Inflation
Excerpt: "In government financing, it is spending that counts. That’s not to say that taxes don’t matter; nothing could be farther from the truth. But spending is critical to contain because governments, especially when they control money creation as is the case in the U.S., will finance spending through borrowing or the printing press (inflation). Inflation is especially dangerous because it is a back door tax that eats away purchasing power now and for some time to come."
  • Foreign Policy
Excerpt: "War must be used only in retaliation or under threat of imminent attack. When, as a nation, we make a decision to go to war the men and woman in our armed services will lose life and limb. Our defenders put their lives at risk when they take an oath to serve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  • Federal Reserve
Excerpt: "The Federal Reserve made the bailouts of banks and insurance companies possible, in spite of the overwhelming public demand against doing so. Now more Americans are learning how the Federal Reserve— a public/private bank cartel — works, and why it’s time to rethink our monetary system."



See also: California's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Dennis is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 12th District. Dennis and incumbent Nancy Pelosi (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating David Peterson (D), Michael Steger (D), Barry Hermanson (G), Frank Lara (P&F), Desmond Thorsson (I) and Jim Welles (I). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, California District 12 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 73.6% 79,816
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dennis 11.9% 12,922
     Green Barry Hermanson 5.7% 6,156
     Democratic David Peterson 3.5% 3,774
     Peace and Freedom Frank Lara 1.9% 2,107
     Democratic Michael Steger 1.4% 1,514
     Independent Desmond Thorsson 1.2% 1,270
     Independent Jim Welles 0.8% 879
Total Votes 108,438
Source: California Secretary of State


October 2012 Campaign Ad
See also: California's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Dennis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 12th District. He and district 8 incumbent Nancy Pelosi (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating David Peterson (D), Summer Justice Shields (D), Americo Artura Diaz (D) and Barry Hermanson (G). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and Pelosi won.[2][7][8]

U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 85.1% 253,709
     Republican John Dennis 14.9% 44,478
Total Votes 298,187
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dennis' reports.

John Dennis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2014$0$163,631$(126,911)$36,719
Pre-Primary[10]May 22, 2014$36,719$101,985$(122,351)$16,352
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2014$16,352$109,314$(113,134)$12,532
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2014$12,532$166,186$(127,087)$51,630
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Dennis' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Dennis did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Dennis' campaign committee raised a total of $531,338 and spent $480,226.[13]


Dennis and his wife, Heather, have one child.

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