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The June 8 primary is just a week away.

How much money have down-ticket candidates raised and spent since Jan. 1? How much cash did they still have on hand May 22 going into the election?

Here are a few numbers from the lieutenant governor race, compiled by Bee colleague Torey Van Oot.

Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado has outspent his GOP rival, Sen. Sam Aanestad, by $767,742 to $157,257, or nearly 5-1. Maldonado had $139,060 on hand compared to Aanestad's $43,297.

As for the Democrats, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn had spent $510,657, not much more than San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's $485,904. But Newsom had more than twice as much cash on hand May 22 than Hahn: $770,776 to her $315,430.

Total spending was higher in the crowded race for attorney general. The six major Democratic contenders and the three major Republican contenders reported spending a combined total of almost $17.6 million.

Check out the spreadsheet here on Capitol Alert. You'll also find the numbers in the races for secretary of state, treasurer, insurance commissioner, superintendent of public instruction and controller.

Under the dome, Friday is the last day to pass bills out of their house of origin. Both the Assembly and the Senate have floor sessions today.

Next week, the budget conference committee starts meeting.

The senators on the conference committee include Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, who will chair the body. She'll announce its schedule in the coming days.

The other four senators are Mark Leno, D-San Francisco; Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach; Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga; and Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar.

Ducheny, Leno, Lowenthal and Dutton also served on the conference committee last year. Huff replaces Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced his picks late last week. The Assembly side's members will be named soon.

Speaking of Steinberg, he'll be feeling a bit of heat in a few hours. Tonight's the annual California Roast, and the Sacramento Democrat is the one getting toasted.

Roasters include Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's chief of state Susan Kennedy, Senate Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth and Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado.


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