Gov. Jerry Brown reported Monday that he has raised nearly $20 million for his re-election campaign with nearly eight months to go until the November election and has spent just a fraction of it.
In a quarterly campaign finance report, the Democratic governor's campaign said it had $19.7 million in the bank as of mid-March, far surpassing the fundraising totals to date of any of his would-be Republican rivals.
Two GOP challengers, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, and former U. S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari, had not yet filed their fundraising and spending reports, which are due by midnight Monday. Less detailed reports filed previously showed that Kashkari has raised at least $1.3 million so far this year and Donnelly about $240,000.
Brown reports spending $156,000, including money spent on behalf of his campaign. Of that amount, $60,000 was in the form of polling paid for by the state Democratic Party and contributions from vendors for campaign events.
This year's race is expected to be far less costly than the 2010 gubernatorial race, when Brown's campaign spent $36.5 million in his successful bid and the campaign of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman spent $178.5 million. Of that, about $144 million came from Whitman's personal fortune.
Brown also was aided in 2010 by at least $26 million in spending by independent groups that supported him, mostly labor unions.
So far this year, Brown has paid his campaign consulting firm, SCN Strategies, $30,000, and paid adviser Ned Ruthrauff, $25,000. Ruthrauff also serves as a director in the office of the governor.