Gov. Jerry Brown spent the final week of 2013 posting one of his most profitable fundraising periods, collecting $1.7 million for his re-election.
Labor unions accounted for nearly half the total, and the Democratic State Central Committee of California donated $300,000, increasing its total for 2013 to $2.7 million. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association and California Association of Professional Scientists were among donors contributing $54,400, the maximum allowed for non-party organizations. Other unions contributing include those representing plumbers, sheet metal and electrical workers.
Brown got $54,400 each from Chevron and BNSF Railway, and $27,200 from CBS. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $27,200, maxing out to Brown after writing an identical check earlier in the year.
The Democratic governor has now raised nearly $17 million, while his GOP challengers, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, have raised a mere fraction of that. A prospective candidate, former U.S. Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari, has not yet started raising money.
– David Siders
By the numbers
Increasing the population density of California’s urban areas is key to the state’s plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, but new research from UC Berkeley indicates “a 10-fold increase in population density in central cities yields only a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions.” The strategy, said Christopher Jones, a co-author of the report, “would require a really extraordinary transformation for very little benefit, and high carbon suburbanization would result as a side effect.”
– Dan Walters
“They say beside every good leader is a great woman. I’ve got two.”
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, GOP candidate for governor, in an unusual YouTube video that shows him with his wife, Rowena, and celebrates the promotion of his campaign manager, Jennifer Kerns