Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies spent nearly $54 million passing Brown's November ballot initiative to raise taxes, about four times the opposition, according to year-end campaign finance reports.
Total spending in support of Proposition 30 was equivalent to about $7.65 per "yes" vote. The initiative passed by more than 10 percentage points, providing a major political lift to the Democratic governor as he begins the second half of his term.
The primary "yes" committee, which Brown controlled, spent $39.6 million, with $28.4 million of it on television and radio, $2.3 million on petition signature gathering and $357,000 on consultants.
The committee had about $2.6 million left at the end of the year.
The campaign committee specifically opposing Proposition 30 spent about $13.2 million, or $2.33 per "no" vote.
Meanwhile, Brown's effort to raise money for his re-election account remained relatively modest last year, at about $1.9 million. Brown had $7.1 million in cash on hand at the end of the year, according to his year-end campaign finance statement.
The third-term governor is widely expected to seek re-election in 2014, though he has not yet said if he will run.
THE STATE WORKER
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two members of the California Public Employment Relations Board, which administers collective bargaining laws. Priscilla Winslow of Berkeley was a legal adviser for the board until last year. Eric Banks of San Diego works for SEIU Local 221. The jobs pay $128,109 a year and require Senate confirmation.
"Before any future gaming opportunities are allowed, there must be a clear and accurate understanding of how those new ventures impact existing brick and mortar businesses."
ROBERT SMITH, chairman of the California Tribal Business Alliance, asserting in a newsletter that the group cannot support any current state or federal legislation allowing Internet poker