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Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions
Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions

Twenty years ago, one of the first callers to Jerry Brown's radio show, "We the People," asked whether campaign money had influenced him as governor in the 1970s and '80s. "You bet I was influenced," he said. "You think you can collect $10 million or $20 million and not let it affect your judgment? Your behavior is influenced, and that is the vice that is destroying us. "People who work in a fish factory," he added tartly, "don't realize they stink." Brown, 76, built his career crusading against big money in politics. In his first run for governor, in 1974, he refused donations from lobbyists and co-authored a ballot measure...

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