Brown filed his fundraising reports for the first half of 2013 with the secretary of state’s office on Tuesday. It shows the governor in a strong position to finance a reelection campaign. Brown has not declared his intention to seek an unprecedented fourth term as governor, but would be a strong favorite to win reelection if he decides to run.
Between January and June, Brown raised $2.8 million for his reelection campaign, and more than $197,000 went into the committee formed to pass Proposition 30.
Most of the money in Brown's initiative committee came from Health Net, which contributed more than $195,000 earlier this year. While contributions to Brown's reelection committee are capped at $27,200 per donor, money raised for the initiative committee is not restricted by state campaign finance limits. But funds from the initiative committee cannot be spent directly on Brown’s reelection campaign.
The records show the notoriously thrifty Brown does not have any political consultants on payroll.
If he runs for reelection, Brown is not expected to face a serious Democratic challenge. Republicans including former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and former Minuteman turned Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) have formed committees as they explore a gubernatorial bid.