- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign began airing TV spots Wednesday promoting a pair of initiatives on the November ballot that would authorize $7.5 billion in water projects and strengthen California’s rainy day fund for lean economic times.

Two of the three 30-second ads feature the Democratic governor, giving him a boost in his nascent re-election campaign without directly asking Californians to vote for him.

“I’ve been around long enough to know that the pendulum always swings in California, between wet years and drought, between booms and busts,” Brown says in one spot. “Propositions 1 and 2 will even out the boom and the bust.”

All three ads promote Proposition 1, which would pay for reservoirs, water recycling, conservation and levee repairs and Proposition 2, which would require the state to set aside spikes in capital revenues during boom times to save for economic downturns.

Brown has so far taken a low-key approach to his race against Republican Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official.

Polls show Brown with a lead of 15 to 21 percentage points, and he has reported having $23.6 million in his re-election campaign account, compared to about $680,000 for Kashkari.

Kashkari also has endorsed Propositions 1 and 2. His spokeswoman, Mary-Sarah Kinner, declined to comment on the new ads.

The two ads featuring the governor are being paid for from Brown’s re-election campaign as required under state election law, Newman said. A third ad features state Fire Chief Ken Pimlott and is paid for by Brown’s ballot measure committee, which reported that it has raised at least $6.3 million.

Brown helped negotiate both ballot initiatives with the state Legislature. Newman said Brown will campaign for the ballot measures and himself simultaneously because they promote a similar agenda of saving for the future.

“He considers this all a similar, combined, unified effort,” Newman said.

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