- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown spent just $270,000 during his primary bid for re-election as he continues to build a financial advantage over Republican challenger Neel Kashkari, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

The Democratic governor reported raising $5.7 million in the first half of the year. That expands the amount of cash he has on hand to $22.4 million as of June 30.

The latest poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Brown with a 19-percentage-point lead over Kashkari. The survey shows Brown with support from 52 percent of likely voters and Kashkari with 33 percent.

The remaining 15 percent are undecided or do not plan to vote.

Brown’s major donors include the Democratic State Central Committee of California, labor unions and myriad business interests.

Kashkari is a former U.S. Treasury official who helped oversee the federal bank bailout during the recession. He faces tough odds against a well-funded incumbent seeking an unprecedented fourth term.

Kashkari has not yet filed his semi-annual financial statement, which is due next week.

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