Brown Raises $10 Million for Governor's Race; GOP Nowhere Close
Published On : 8/2/2013 10:01 AM
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State
The latest fundraising totals for California political campaigns are out, and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is blowing away his potential Republican challengers. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on why the governor has such a big lead for next year’s election.
It’s not just that Brown has more than 10 million dollars in the bank. It’s that Republicans aren’t even close. GOP political consultant Beth Miller says that’s because Brown has neutralized the special interests that would normally back a Republican for governor.
“There aren’t a lot of those donors who are enormously disgruntled with Jerry Brown’s governorship. And so you’re not seeing this compelling interest to support another candidate to remove the incumbent.”
Hence, these fundraising totals for Brown’s potential GOP challengers: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly had 27-thousand dollars on hand at the end of June. And former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado had just under 45-thousand – though he owed about three-thousand dollars more than that. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is exploring a run, but hasn’t started raising money yet.