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.
“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.