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RP GOVERNOR PROP 30 SIGN.JPGGov. Jerry Brown and his allies spent nearly $54 million passing Brown's November ballot initiative to raise taxes, about four times the opposition, according to year-end campaign finance reports.

Total spending in support of Proposition 30 was equivalent to about $7.65 per "Yes" vote. The initiative passed by more than 10 percentage points, providing a major political lift to the Democratic governor as he begins the second half of his term.

The campaign committee specifically opposing Prop. 30 spent about $13.2 million, or $2.33 per "No" vote.

Meanwhile, Brown's effort to raise money for his re-election account remained relatively modest last year, at about $1.9 million. Brown had $7.1 million in cash on hand at the end of the year, according to his year-end campaign finance statement.

The third-term governor is widely expected to seek re-election in 2014, though he has not yet said if he will run.

PHOTO CREDIT: Students, dignitaries and supporters cheer on Gov. Jerry Brown who holds up a campaign sign and encourages students to vote yes for Proposition 30 at Sacramento City College on Oct. 18, 2012. Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee



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