Former Writers Guild of America West president Patric M. Verrone has raised nearly $44,753 for his campaign for the California State Senate and spent $12,052 — far smaller amounts than his rivals.

However, Verrone only began raising funds on March 15, according to his campaign consultant, so the contribution period was just three days.

Verrone announced earlier this month that he was seeking campaign funds from writers for the seat for the 26th district, which runs from Palos Verdes to Pacific Palisades and includes Beverly Hills and Hollywood. He is one of eight candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

Candidates were required to file reports Monday with the state to disclose fundraising for the period from January 1 through March 17.

Verrone is a resident of Pacific Palisades. Other declared candidates are Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen, attorney Barbi Appelquist, former assemblywoman Betsy Butler — who represented another district from 2010 to 2012 — women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, surgeon Vito Imbasiciani and Manhattan Beach mayor Amy Howorth.

California’s primary election takes place June 3 and its general election is November 4.

Howorth led all candidates with $348,339 in her campaign account as of  March 17, followed by Allen with $224,034, Imbasciani with $168,133, Butler with $145,709 and Fluke with $121,025.

Howorth donated $100,000 to her campaign and loaned herself another $100,000.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds.

“I think of the important days in my life,” he wrote. “Getting married of course to my incredible partner. The birth of our children. Winning a few Emmys, I guess. And of course, the day we won the writer’s strike. This is one of those days.”

Verrone said his campaign would focus on preserving jobs and creating new ones.

“This region scripted the California Dream,” he said. “From aircraft factories to movie studios, we produced middle-class jobs that bought homes, sent kids to college, and provided families with a secure retirement. Now, we must preserve those jobs and attract new ones to keep the dream alive. That’s what my campaign will be about and if you agree its a campaign that must be waged and won — please help any way you can.”