Businesses Among Recent Top Brown Donors

Published On : 7/5/2013 10:51 AM
By : Katie Orr
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State

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California Governor Jerry Brown is sitting on a nice chunk of change. His 2014 re-election campaign has just over seven million dollars in the bank. Brown hasn’t officially announced his candidacy, but political watchers think it’s likely he'll run again. 

Phillip Ung is with the public interest group Common Cause. He says Brown transferred about five million dollars left over from his 2010 campaign. The remaining two million has been raised during his term.

The list of recent donors contains many businesses, such as Microsoft, Wal-Mart and Time Warner Cable. But there are not as many union groups on the list. Ung says that’s probably because they gave a lot to Brown in 2010.

“Unions also spent a lot of money in 2012 fighting off Proposition 32. And when you have an ally in the governor’s office, you don’t really need to give that much more money to support him.”
Prop 32 would have limited union fundraising for political campaigns.

Ung says contributions are likely to pick-up as the next election draws closer.

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