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kashkarikfbk.jpgMedia mogul Rupert Murdoch is among the latest donors to Republican Neel Kashkari's gubernatorial campaign, according to financial disclosures reported Friday.

The News Corp. chairman met with Kashkari earlier this week and contributed a relatively modest $5,000 to his campaign. The donation was one of three Kashkari reported Friday, totaling $57,200. The sum raised Kashkari's total reported fundraising to more than $1 million.

Kashkari and his Republican rival, Tim Donnelly, lag far behind Gov. Jerry Brown in fundraising, a crucial component of statewide elections in California. The Democratic governor, who filed paperwork for re-election earlier Friday, has raised more than $18 million for the effort.

Of the Republicans, Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, has posted the more robust numbers, raising more than twice as much as Donnelly early in the campaign.

Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman, has reported raising about $464,000.

PHOTO: Neel Kashkari prepares for an interview at KFBK radio in Sacramento on Feb. 19, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders



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