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Newsom, Brown raked in campaign $$$ last month

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 3:51 pm in campaign finance, Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor.

Looks as if they were happy holidays indeed for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who collected $134,000 in campaign contributions last month, according to reports filed yesterday in the Secretary of State’s newly repaired campaign finance database.

Almost half of that amount, $62,000, came in after Christmas, including $26,000 from salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, of San Francisco, as well as $13,000 from Anaheim attorney Wylie Aitken and his wife, Elizabeth.

Not that Newsom had nothing to be thankful for around Thanksgiving, either – he raked in about $90,000 in November. His 2014 re-election campaign committee had more than $263,000 in the bank at mid-year, but clearly we can expect a much more robust number when the 2011 end-of-year report is filed at the end of this month.

Yet Newsom still is like a Padawan learner at the knee of fundraising Jedi master Jerry Brown, whose re-election campaign raked in $158,000 last month from a handful of PACs and card rooms (not to mention the more than $5 million his 2010 campaign still had in the bank as of June 30).

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  • Rick K.

    Gavin Newsom is like a lot of useless celebrities. He’s just “famous” because he’s famous — with absolutely no talent other than winning elections. Plus he has such low ethics in his personal life, having that affair with the wife of his campaign consultant. The “Occupy” crowd should know that Newsom grew up in a live of privilege with the Getty family (of Getty Oil fame and wealth). He identifies with the “1%” more than the 99% despite his political rhetoric. But he is a step up in the Lt. Governor’s office from “Live Shot” Garamendi. Newsom has even criticized Garamendi for having no economic development plan despite the fact that Garamendi served 3 years as Chairman of the California Economic Development Commission!