Gov. Jerry Brown raised $7.1 million for his re-election campaign in the second half of last year, he reported Friday, increasing his total to about $17 million by the end of December.
The Democratic governor has not yet said if he will seek re-election, but is widely expected to run. He received major funding from labor unions and business interests, including oil and telecommunications companies.
Brown leads a small field of Republicans by a wide margin in early fundraising and polls, as well as money.
Brown reported spending only about $208,000 in campaign operations last year, with most of that amount coming in the last six months of the year. In addition to various office and fundraising expenses, Brown reported “bonus” payments of $25,000 each to Angie Tate, a Democratic fundraiser, and Edward Ruthrauff, who worked on Brown’s 2010 campaign before coming into the administration to be Brown’s director of constituent affairs.
Neel Kahskari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, did not start fundraising until earlier this month, when he announced his candidacy for governor. His first financial filing is not expected until later in February.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, raised less than $300,000 for his gubernatorial campaign in the second half of last year, leaving him with only $54,299 in cash on hand by the end of December, he reported Friday.
Donnelly is one of two Republicans bidding to unseat Brown this year.
Donnelly raised $291,063 and spent $286,069 from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2013. His contributions for the full year totaled $374,213. The Legislature’s most outspoken advocate for gun rights and against illegal immigration struggled to raise major contributions, relying on scores of individual donations of several hundred dollars or less.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who dropped out of the race in January, raised $203,550 in the second half of the year and spent $181,274. He had an ending cash balance of $22,727 on Dec. 31.