Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reported Friday that he has raised about $727,000 in the two weeks since announcing his candidacy for governor in 2018, touching off an unusually early fundraising effort in a wide open race.
Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, drew large contributions from the Bay Area and technology sector. Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff contributed $56,400, the maximum allowed. Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer gave Newsom $54,400.
Newsom still holds about $3 million in his re-election account from last year. He is the first entrant in the race to replace Jerry Brown, a contest that is expected to draw heavy interest from Democrats.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, among others, are considered potential candidates.
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