Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent $7.1 million during last year’s campaign for governor, about $1.4 million more than did Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on his way to defeating Kashkari by nearly 20 percentage points, new campaign filings show.
Unlike Brown, Kashkari first had to get through a come-from-behind primary campaign against then-Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks. Kashkari’s campaign spent about $4.2 million through June 2014, with more than $2 million of that going to TV ads.
Television ads also were the top Kashkari campaign expense from July through December, with about $1.5 million spent.
Kashkari, along with other statewide Republican candidates, struggled to raise money last year. The former U.S. Treasury Department official ended up contributing $3.1 million of his own money to his campaign, records show.
Kashkari’s campaign ended the year with $60,000 on hand and just $1,600 in debt, according to Friday’s filing.
Brown’s re-election campaign spent $5.7 million and also transferred $5.2 million to his ballot measure committee. He ended the year with nearly $24 million in both accounts.
Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.