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Then-Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, on March 11, 2013.

Capitol Alert: Pérez holds fundraising lead in California controller's contest

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 10:16 am

The leading candidates for state controller headed into the final weeks of the June 3 primary campaign with more than $2 million on hand to try to win over voters in the down-ticket contest.

Almost all of that money was in the campaign account of former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, who continued to have a huge cash advantage over his main Democratic rival, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee. Pérez, whose campaign this week began airing TV ads, reported having more than $1.8 million on hand May 17 compared to Yee's $116,000.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, had $70,198 on hand after raising more than $287,000 since March 18 following her late entry into the controller's race.

Recent polls suggest that Swearengin will easily make the November runoff, with the main battle between Yee and Pérez for the No. 2 slot.

The charts below show how much each candidate raised and spent from Jan. 1 through May 17, and their cash on hand.

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