Politics & Government

The Buzz: Brown gets donation from casino he visited for Dec. 2 groundbreaking

Brown gets donation

from casino he visited

Gov. Jerry Brown has raised another $522,000 for his re-election campaign, including $37,500 from a casino he visited earlier this month.

The donation from Hawaiian Gardens Casino in southeast Los Angeles County was received last week and reported Saturday. Brown spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony at the casino on Dec. 2. The casino previously donated $12,500 to Brown’s re-election campaign and $25,000 to his ballot initiative last year to raise taxes, Proposition 30.

The administration has said the casino expansion will create hundreds of local jobs, and Brown said at the event, “I come here today because I want to recognize a family and a business that is contributing to the local community.”

The Democratic governor has not yet said if he will seek re-election next year, but he has now raised more than $15 million and is widely expected to run.

Two Republican candidates, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, have reported raising less than $500,000 combined, while a prospective candidate, former U.S. Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari, has not yet started raising money.

– David Siders

BY THE NUMBERS

California has the nation’s largest population of Native Americans, a new Census Bureau report reveals. The report lists 352,427 American Indians and Alaskan Natives in California, and only Oklahoma’s 313,305 approach California’s numbers. The report also reveals that California’s Native American population represents hundreds of specific tribes and sub-tribal groups. However, 126,425 Californians identified themselves as Native Americans in the 2010 census without designating a tribal affiliation.

– Dan Walters

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