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lockyer.jpgState Treasurer Bill Lockyer has opened a campaign account for lieutenant governor in 2018, suggesting not a run for any seat but that Lockyer may remain involved in state politics as a campaign donor long after he retires from elected office in 2015.

The former attorney general and Senate president pro tem had accumulated more than $2.2 million for a campaign for controller next year before announcing last month he will retire when his term as treasurer ends.

Politicians often open campaign accounts for offices they do not intend to seek, using them solely to manage campaign stockpiles.

Lockyer spokesman Tom Dresslar said in an email today that Lockyer opened the account to "have a place to park his money for use beyond 2014."

"He wants to make sure he has the ability to support select candidates and causes, or as we like to say, mete out justice," Dresslar said.

PHOTO: Bill Lockyer in 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench



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