Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is continuing his low-budget ways four months before the election, with his campaign spending just $633,205 this year, a just-filed campaign finance statement shows. He had about $23.2 million in cash on hand.
The filing also reveals a paid staff of five people and two consultants, including campaign manager Steve Glazer, who received $30,000 in the filing period of May 23 to June 30 and $75,000 throughout the year. Spokesman Sterling Clifford received $8,256 in that period and $23,386 altogether.
The other consultant listed in the report was San Francisco-based Schuyler Hudak, who's identified as a volunteer coordinator on her Linkedin page. The campaign, in fact, depends heavily on volunteer aid.
Also listed in the campaign filing was a $2,796 payment to Joe Trippi & Associates, run by Democratic Internet guru Joe Trippi, which is coordinating much of Brown's new media strategy.
The campaign reported receiving $19.4 million in contributions this year.
Among other tidbits, Brown stays at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and the Courtyard by Marriott in Los Altos and flies Southwest Airlines a lot. His May 17 rally at UC Santa Barbara appeared to prompt a $3095.27 payment to the school's campus Democrats.
Republican rival Meg Whitman has yet to file her campaign finance statement, which is due today, but is expected to near or surpass a record-shattering $110 million in spending, including $91 million of her own money.
Brown is also receiving the help of union-funded independent expenditure committees, which have so far spent several millions of dollars attacking Whitman. Their campaign finance statements have yet to be filed.
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Note: The headline and lede of this post have been corrected to include nonmonetary contributions to the Brown campaign in the total expense figure.