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Jerry Brown adds to campaign war chest

Gov. Jerry Brown continues to expand his massive financial advantage over Republican Neel Kashkari in his bid for re-election, reporting Thursday that he had $22.4 million on hand as of June 30.

The Democratic governor raised $5.7 million in the first half of the year and spent less than $270,000 in the primary election. Brown finished first anyway, and is polling far ahead of Kashkari early in their general election contest.

Brown’s major donors include the Democratic State Central Committee of California, labor unions and myriad business interests.

Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, relied on $2 million of his own money to pull ahead of Republican rival Tim Donnelly in the primary election, and he has continued to struggle raising campaign cash. He has not yet filed his semi-annual financial statement, which is due next week.

The chart below shows Brown’s monthly fundraising from January 2013 through June 2014, with aggregate totals.

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