Jerry Brown takes in more cash for his initiative to hike taxes


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California Gov. Jerry Brown has reported another $485,000 for his tax-raising measure, bringing the total amount in his campaign account to more than $2.2 million.

Brown is seeking to place a measure on the ballot that would raise taxes on incomes above $250,000 and boost levies on sales for the next five years.


In recent weeks, Brown has touted support from a wide array of interests, including business, labor and tribal governments, and the latest round of donations reflects that diversity.

The largest donation came from Kaiser Permanente, which gave $250,000. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians gave $100,000. Brown also received $50,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The new donations come as Brown’s Democratic rivals are pressing ahead with their own tax measures. Civil rights attorney Molly Munger is in Sacramento Monday speaking to the state Parent Teacher Assn. Earlier Monday, a group of union and community leaders touted growing support for a separate measure, which would only raise taxes on the highest earners in the state.


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-- Anthony York in Sacramento