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Chris Kelly pumps $4 million more into AG bid

Former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly of Palo Alto announced today he’s putting another $4 million of his own money into his campaign for the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General, essentially doubling his previous investments that had totalled $4,006,500.

Chris KellyThe $8 million total accounts for all but a small fraction of his campaign war chest, as major donors have flocked instead to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, the best-known names in the Democratic primary race. Also in the race are Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara; and Emeryville attorney Mike Schmier.

Kelly’s double-down comes a week after Harris floated results of a poll she had commissioned showing her in the lead at 25 percent, followed by Delgadillo at 9 percent; Lieu, Nava and Torrico each at 4 percent; and Kelly at 2 percent – Kelly’s number being down six percentage points from February despite his self-funding and an aggressive media campaign including efforts to tie Harris to the San Francisco Police crime-lab scandal. Some say that’s because he’s getting dragged down by the sinking reputation of Facebook, where he’d helped formulate some now-unpopular privacy policies.

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.

  • U R Kiddin’ me

    Ummm – yeah – sure.

    Talk about an oxymoron – Chief Privacy Officer for . . . . FaceBook ?!