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Gov. Pumps Millions Into Reelection

Times Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has put $3.5 million of his own money into his reelection campaign, according to secretary of state filings late Thursday.

The Republican governor now has donated close to $30 million from his personal fortune to finance his various political campaigns over the last three years.

Sources close to the governor said aides asked for roughly $6 million to complete his 2006 reelection effort, but the governor has settled for the smaller amount so far.

Under Proposition 34, donors are limited to giving $22,300, but candidates can spend as much as they want on their own campaigns.

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Schwarzenegger raises far more money from individual donors than Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides, but the governor is a big spender on TV ads, voter outreach, travel and perks. At the end of the last reporting period, he had less money than Angelides in his accounts -- $2.4 million compared with $2.8 million.

robert.salladay@latimes.com

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Times staff writer Joe Mathews contributed to this report.

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