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Kelly doubles down on Democratic AG bid

Former Facebook executive Chris Kelly of Palo Alto today announced he’s putting another $2 million of his own money into his campaign for the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General, doubling the initial investment he’d made in January.

Chris Kelly“I’m not an establishment candidate, I’m not going to be beholden to special interests, and I’m not afraid to spend my own money to change the direction of California,” Kelly said in his news release. “I think the voters of California are ready for new ideas, and I’m ready to communicate to them a message about why I’m the candidate with the right experience and priorities to be California’s next Attorney General.”

Kelly, along with Democratic primary rivals San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, declined to abide by a voluntary campaign spending cap of $5,178,000 which would have enabled them to place candidate statements in the ballot pamphlet that’ll be mailed to all registered voters in advance of June’s election – an indication that they intend to spend big on advertising.

Four other contenders – Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara; and Emeryville attorney Mike Schmier – did agree to the spending cap and so will have statements in the ballot pamphlet.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.