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Neel Kashkari plunks another $1 million into governor’s race

Republican Neel Kashkari talks during an interview at the California GOP convention on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles
Republican Neel Kashkari talks during an interview at the California GOP convention on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles AP

Neel Kashkari donated another $1 million to his gubernatorial campaign Friday, as the Republican continues to struggle to raise money ahead of Election Day.

The contribution comes after Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, reported last week that he had less than $700,000 on hand for the final month of the campaign.

Kashkari is running far behind Gov. Jerry Brown in fundraising and public opinion polls. Brown reported last week that he had a war chest of about $23.6 million.

Kashkari put his net worth at less than $5 million before spending about $2 million of his own money in the primary election. The contribution reported Friday increase further his subsidy of his effort.

Kashkari this week began airing his first television ad of the general election campaign, a controversial spot with limited air time that depicts him saving a drowning child from a pool.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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