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brownbudget.jpgGov. Jerry Brown did his best fundraising of the year last week, collecting in two days about what he raised in the previous three months.

Of the nearly $253,000 raised by the Democratic governor last week, slightly less than half came from a group of automobile dealers who hosted a lunch for Brown in Los Angeles.

Brown collected other contributions from a handful of donors with ongoing business before the state. Those donations include $25,000 each from Time Warner Cable and the University of Phoenix's parent company, Apollo Group Inc., $27,200 from the Southern California-based Morongo Band of Mission Indians and $23,448 from a political action committee of the California Chiropractic Association.

Brown's haul for the week would hardly be outstanding for some other incumbent governors with a primary election less than one year away. Brown, however, has done relatively little fundraising since taking office. The contributions he reported receiving last week account for more than 40 percent of total large donations he has reported receiving this year.

Brown raised about $1.9 million last year and had money left over from this 2010 campaign. The third-term governor, who is widely expected to seek re-election next year, has about $7.8 million in cash on hand.

Brown's banner fundraising week was also the week he negotiated a $96.3 billion budget with lawmakers.

Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Association, said the lunch his group hosted for Brown was scheduled long beforehand.

"We're supportive of the governor and his re-election, and we were happy to get a number of dealers together that were supportive," he said.

PHOTO: California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget plan for the fiscal year at a press conference at the Capitol on May 14, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer



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