Capitol Alert

Jerry Brown grows war chest to $23.6 million

Gov. Jerry Brown has increased his war chest to $23.6 million while continuing to refrain from any significant spending in his re-election bid, according to a campaign finance statement filed Monday.

The Democratic governor raised $1.4 million from July through the end of September and spent $132,554, according to the finance statement. As in previous reporting periods, Brown collected major donations from business interests, labor unions and the California Democratic Party.

Brown reported refunding $9,000 in donations from six different Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials. The refund comes amid controversy about the state’s regulation of the utility after the 2010 gas explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno.

Brown reported raising $4.3 million into his campaign committee for Propositions 1 and 2, the $7.5 billion water bond and a budget reserve measure on the ballot.

The report comes less than 30 days before an election in which Brown is heavily favored over Republican Neel Kashkari.

Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, has struggled to raise money. He has until the end of the day to file his financial statement.