Governor rakes in Prop 30 cash

10:29 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
Gov. Jerry Brown
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Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign war chest for his tax increase initiative grew by some 25 percent on Tuesday, with new donations totaling more than $2.8 million and his largest single day haul to date.

Brown's committee in support of the state budget balancing Proposition 30 has now reported a total of about $15 million raised this year -- a good clip, but only a portion of what he'll likely need to wage a successful campaign on TV airwaves through November 6.

Of the contributions reported Tuesday night, the governor also scored his first seven figure checks: $1.5 million from the California Hospitals Association and $1 million from the California Teachers Association (CTA).

Also reported by Brown's campaign were $100,000 checks from a trial lawyers group and $25,000 from the pharmaceutical industry.

The CTA money seems especially notable, as it marks a new and major investment in the Prop 30 effort.  The teachers union has long publicly supported the governor's income and sales tax increase, but is also waging a costly battle to kill Proposition 32, the initiative to ban political contributions via paycheck deductions.

Just last week, the CTA wrote a $6.9 million check to kill Prop 32, bringing the union's total for the opposition campaign to almost $16 million.  And while teachers are hoping Brown is successful, theirs and other unions see Prop 32 as the most important political fight of the year.

It's worth noting that CTA's financial support for Brown's measure also included more than $1.5 million to help quickly qualify it for the ballot.  That effort, from all sources, took more than $10 million -- much of which was spent before the actual campaign ever began.

The 24-hour large haul of campaign checks included other union contributions, as well as Hollywood support like a $5,000 check from singer and actress Barbra Streisand.

The most recent polls show Prop 30 maintaining a steady, but small, majority of voter support.


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