Combat veteran Max Steiner raises nearly $200,000 in bid to take on LaMalfa

Combat veteran Max Steiner has raised nearly $200,000 from individual contributors. Supporters are fed up with wildfires and drought in the district that have prompted only embarrassing conspiracy theories from Representative Doug LaMalfa.

Cindy Ellsmore, long-time Sierra City resident said, “Max Steiner represents a breath-of-fresh-air after a long summer plagued by smokey skies, a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic and drought. Thousands of us constituents of California’s 1st Congressional District have found a true fighter in Max Steiner. I know Max will bring a science-based and common-sense approach to take on members of the DC swamp like Representative LaMalfa.”

Unlike Doug LaMalfa, who’s bankrolled by big corporations and special interests, Steiner’s funding comes from only individual contributors. During the three-month period ending September 30th, FEC filings will show that Steiner raised more in individual contributions than LaMalfa has throughout the year to date. Steiner earned contributions from nearly 2200 individuals, with an average contribution size of less than $70.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign has received from individuals throughout the North State who want to see service-driven leadership in Congress,” said Steiner.

“As a combat veteran, Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserves and former diplomat I swore an oath to protect our democracy against all threats both foreign and domestic. On Jan. 6, Doug LaMalfa betrayed this sacred oath when he incited a bloody riot on our capitol that threatened our democracy, left five dead and saw police officers brutally beaten while he cowardly hid for cover. Doug LaMalfa can no longer hide – we are taking the fight to him in November.”

“Doug LaMalfa has never delivered for this district and it’s time for him to go home,” Steiner added.


About Max Steiner

Max has always been the guy who sees a problem and solves it himself without waiting for someone else to do the hard work. As a freshman in college, he was dismayed at how poorly the Iraq War was going, but he decided the best way to do something about it was to sign up and do his part. He joined the Army as an infantryman in 2005 and served two years in Iraq.

Stationed in Sadr City, Western Baghdad, and Kirkuk, Max went on daily raids and patrols “outside the wire.” He earned his Combat Infantry Badge in a small-arms engagement attempting to rescue a journalist from captivity.

His time in Iraq left him with mixed emotions — proud of his country and its attempt to spread democratic values abroad, but saddened at the lack of planning and follow-through that would have been needed to set up a functioning democracy.

After his deployments, Max went back to college at UC Berkeley. Graduating magna cum laude in 2011, Max rejoined the Reserves and has served ever since. Max is now a Sergeant First Class, the lead NCO of a Civil Affairs Team.

Max joined the Foreign Service in 2012 as an economic Foreign Service Officer and has served tours in Honduras, Mexico, Egypt and Washington, D.C. In Honduras, he was the lead American on agricultural issues, supporting the regional USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Officer based in Guatemala. In Tijuana, Mexico, he processed visas for Mexican tourists, students and workers; and also served as the officer in charge of protecting the rights of Americans arrested in Baja California. His last overseas tour was in the Sinai Peninsula as an observer enforcing the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Max is currently on leave from the Foreign Service to pursue a PhD in Policy Analysis at RAND.

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