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