So far this year, Jerry Brown has raised a little more than $2 million toward his run for governor and continues to save his money, giving him more than $14 million on hand, a campaign finance report filed Monday shows.
That amount is still far from what Brown, a Democrat who is the state attorney general, will likely need to combat either of his potential Republican opponents, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, who have the ability to fund their own campaigns with personal wealth. Both Whitman and Poizner have been spending on television ads in advance of a June 8 primary. Neither has filed the campaign statement due Monday, but Whitman had $30 million on hand as of early February, while Poizner had about $19 million.
In a state the size of California, $14 million isn't a lot of money. Meg Whitman is tied with Brown in the latest polls, and she has unlimited resources to campaign against Moonbeam. Will the big unions be able to give enough money for Moonbeam to compete?