May 27th, 2010
03:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Brown beefs up campaign warchest

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign reported Thursday that the California attorney general has 20.6 million dollars in the bank."](CNN) - California Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown appears to be building up his warchest for what will likely be a very expensive general election.

Brown's campaign reports Thursday that the candidate has $20.6 million dollars in the bank for his bid for governor. The campaign also says that Brown's raised $21.4 million dollars since the beginning of the year and has spent a mere $246,000 in 2010. Brown, a former two-term governor from 1975-1983, faces no serious opposition in next month's Democratic primary.

In the battle for California's Republican gubernatorial nomination, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a billionaire, has already spent nearly $70 million of her own money. Her opponent, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a multi-millionaire, has spent more than $20 million of his money on his campaign.

California holds its primary on June 8.

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Filed under: 2010 • California • Jerry Brown
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Jerry's the man. No need to waste $ while Poizner and Whitman fight it out. I have 100% confidence in Jerry Brown being the right fit to aggressively stir things up in Sacramento. He is not afraid to take on his own party to get things done.

    May 27, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. CindySanFrancisco

    GO JERRY!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Dave

    Is this the same guy that they used to call "Moonbeam?"
    How fitting for California.

    May 27, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Pam

    The two Republicans in the race who have spent over $90 MILLION should just draw straws to see how gets to run against Brown and donate that shamful amount of money the CA general budget. The last Republican Gov for CA is leaving office after bankrupting the state.

    May 27, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Mike

    Whitman might be a billionaire but her money is not going to buy my vote!

    May 27, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Ndubueze Chuku

    Big Money politics? $70 million and $20 million just for the GOP primaries! WOW!!! I just hope Brown wins and show that brains and not money wins elections.

    May 27, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Marty

    What on earth would move someone to spend that much money on winning a campaign? Whatever it is, they most probably have their own best interests at heart. Shameful.

    May 27, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The obscene amount of money spent on the governor's race by the two GOP candidates validates the argument for public financing of elections.

    May 27, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Slick William

    Califreako, Home of Hollywood make believe, Nasty Pelosi and Governor Moonbeam....maybe he should just take that 20.6 million and pay down the State's 20 billion plus dollar debt, just consider 20.6 million is less than one tenth of one percent of the California's debt due to libtard policies!

    May 27, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. valjon

    Why is Meg Whittman running for Gov. of Calfornia?,She has never voted for twenty eight years on anything,now she want to be govenor of largest state in the union.. To it appears she has has lot money and she bored of being a house wife..We already had governor who is a actor and it really didn't work out for Arnold.. Please stay home or do something else with your time..Running a state like California is not a hobby..I voting for Jerry Brown,go take golfing istead Meg..

    May 27, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The two things I miss the most about Jerry Brown are his hair and Linda Ronstadt! As far as anything else goes, I am glad I live on the opposite coast, even though I am a Liberal Dem!
    Also, you guys had two guys who claimed to be actors, even though neither of them could realy deliver a straight line. Before the Governator you had Bonzo's costar. You guys remember – St. Ronald of Reagan. The only guy in Hollywood who didn't believe that Errol Flynn was sympathetic to the Nazis or a practicing bisexual!

    May 27, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    It is easy to do. He just tells all those union bosses that control him how much he wants and they take the money from the members paychecks to elect Governor Moonbeam to another disasterous term. His buddy Hussein Obozo will give him all of the federal money they need to keep them out of their union induced bankruptcy. That is called morality to liberals, theft and robbery to ordinary people.

    May 27, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. riley

    Why would Californians go backwards and elect Brown? He already had a shot at running the state.

    Whitman is just what the state needs....A SMART BUSINESS LEADER.

    May 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. rk

    @valjon: "now she want to be govenor of largest state in the union."

    You need to go back to school. Alaska is the Largest State in the Union then Texas then California.

    California has probably one of the largest economies in the USA but its the worst place to raise a child, worst place to send a child to school, worst place to be a legal citizen, worst place to do business, even the weather sucks now.

    The biggest problem with CA is the public unions and the people that get elected to serve in office.

    Only way to fix california is to just let it sink into anarchy for a bit...

    May 27, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. bcrunner

    Let her spend all her money.... She earned plenty! Jerry did a good job when he was governor and I am voting for him. Both Republicans are trying to outdo each other as who is more aligned with the teabaggers... Then after the win the nomination, they will try to tell the rest of us.... I am OK... I am a moderate just like you.... Won't work...

    May 27, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Jo Jo

    No more republican governors! California is in dire shape due to inept leadership. We need someone with experience at actually governing something! It's Jerry Brown all the way!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Justin

    I'm quite puzzled, on how Meg Whitman and Poizner, can spend almost 90 million, on a Governor position that only pays about....umm...100,000 a year: But there are people out here, that are HOMELESS and starving, and these egoist–want a position of "power" to boost there agenda. Which by in large, will not help a bankrupt state like CA, I mean c'mon people. I've always tried, to see different point of views, but narcissist individuals will never get my vote.

    May 27, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |