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Gov. Jerry Brown has raised more than $500,000 more for his re-election campaign, including $37,500 from a casino he visited earlier this month.

The donation, from Hawaiian Gardens Casino, was received last week and reported Saturday. Brown traveled to Los Angeles County to speak at a groundbreaking ceremony at the casino on Dec. 2. The casino previously donated $12,500 to Brown's re-election campaign and $25,000 to his ballot initiative last year to raise taxes, Proposition 30.

The administration has said the casino expansion will create hundreds of local jobs, and Brown said at the event, "I come here today because I want to recognize a family and a business that is contributing to the local community."

The Democratic governor has not yet said if he will seek re-election next year, but he has now raised more than $15 million and is widely expected to run.

Other donations listed in Brown's most recent filing include $27,200 each from Anthem Blue Cross, a California Hospital Association political action committee and Jay Gellert, president and chief executive officer of Health Net Inc.

Donors contributing the maximum allowed, $54,400, include Chester Pipkin, president and chief executive officer of Belkin International Inc., a plumbers and steamfitters local and a political action committee of The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurer.

Two Republican candidates, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, have reported raising less than $500,000 combined, while a prospective candidate, former U.S. Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari, has not yet started raising money.

Brown leads all three men by wide margins in early polls.

PHOTO: Students cheer on Gov. Jerry Brown who holds up a campaign sign and encourages students to support Proposition 30 at Sacramento City College on October 18, 2012.The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench



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