Gov. Jerry Brown is raising a whole lot of money

Though he hasn’t publicly announced his candidacy for re-election in 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown sure is taking in campaign contributions at a rapid clip.

Brown’s campaign committee received at least $2.34 million in June – of which $1.69 million came just in the month’s final week, according to reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office.

Among the contributors are an array of labor unions (such as the SEIU, IBEW and California Nurses Association); big businesses (such as WalMart, Bank of America, Nike and Anheuser-Busch); health-care entities (such as Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and Kindred); gaming tribes (such as those operating the Morongo, Sycuan and Chumash casinos); and entertainment-industry folks (such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen).

Brown’s committee already had $7.16 million in the bank at the end of 2012.

So far, the only prominent names that have declared their gubernatorial candidacies for next year are former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks, both Republicans. Next year will be the first time that the gubernatorial race is subject to California’s new top-two primary system, in which all candidates of all parties compete in June’s vote and the top two vote-getters advance to November’s general election, regardless of party.

A Public Policy Institute of California poll in May found 48 percent of registered voters approved of Brown’s job performance while 36 percent disapproved and 16 percent didn’t know. Other polls have showed similar, growing support for Brown’s job performance and his budget proposals.

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.

  • Publius

    Big Business and Big Labor supporting a Big government politician. Political rent seeking at it’s worst.

  • JohnW

    Come on Republicans. Where’s our Chris Christie?

  • GV Haste

    No one is going to beat Brown.

    Having said that, Abel Maldonado deserves our gratitude for getting the “top two” measure placed on the ballot in 2010.

    That one act may end up doing more for California democracy than all of Brown’s acts combined.

    I will vote for Maladonado just as a “thank you” for that one act (even though he has no chance of winning)

  • JohnW


    Ditto to everything you said.

  • Elwood

    If it’s Brown, flush it!

    Does not apply only to water conservation.