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In wake of housekeeper scandal, Dems give cash to Brown

The day after Meg Whitman’s former housekeeper went public, the state Democratic Party pumped $1.6 million into Jerry Brown’s campaign for governor.

The big check from California Democrats on Sept. 30 was one of a flurry of donations that Brown obtained after his Republican opponent was rocked by accusations that she employed Nicandra Diaz Santillan for nine years, knowing she was in the United States illegally.

Perhaps Democrats sensed – or hoped – that the governor’s race had reached the critical point where their candidate could finally pull ahead to stay.

At any rate, in the first four days following the news conference, Brown obtained $2.01 million in donations, state records show. It marked a rare period during which he was raising money at a faster rate than his opponent, the billionaire former CEO of eBay.

During that same four days, donors gave Whitman $532,000.

Whitman has sought to raise outside money for her campaign, but the main action all along has been the donations she’s made to herself – $119 million.

According to the Associated Press' numbers, she’s spending $14 for every $1 Brown has spent on the campaign. Nevertheless, she’s starting to fade in the polls, as California Watch’s Chase Davis has noted.

Since the housekeeper’s story broke, big donations to Brown came from Nelson Rising, CEO of the Los Angeles commercial real estate company MPG Office Trust and his wife, Sharon; Southern California builders Nizar Katbi and Samer Katbi; the Los Angeles firefighters and the Sacramento sheriff’s deputies; and the Barona Band of Mission Indians from Lakeside and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwoks from Placerville.

Each gave $25,900, the maximum allowed.

On the day after the housekeeper’s news conference, Brown even got a donation from one of the stingiest Democrats in the state – himself.

On Sept. 30, the attorney general donated $3,000 to his campaign. So far this year, he’s contributed $8,300, and also given $16,500 in non-monetary contributions.

Put another way, for every $1 Brown has donated to his campaign, Whitman has donated $14,300 to hers.

Meanwhile, in the days following the housekeeper’s revelations, Whitman obtained six maximum donations. Donors who contributed $25,900 included Modesto’s Gallo Winery, William Bowes of U.S. Venture Partners in Menlo Park, and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians from Highland.

Before the housekeeper story broke, Brown’s fundraising was getting far less traction.

Here, day by day, are the secretary of state’s donation totals from the race starting Sept. 1. Sept. 13, of course, is the most recent day on which Whitman tapped her personal fortune, putting in another $15 million.  

 

DATE

BROWN

WHITMAN

01-Sep-10

159,405.22

162,150.00

02-Sep-10

156,933.75

177,525.00

03-Sep-10

164,029.11

250,800.00

04-Sep-10

53,915.00

11,140.12

05-Sep-10

3,863.00

1,040.00

06-Sep-10

39,632.30

1,450.00

07-Sep-10

179,621.73

276,549.00

08-Sep-10

115,342.12

323,525.00

09-Sep-10

200,029.49

137,850.00

10-Sep-10

172,806.47

119,699.00

11-Sep-10

94,263.89

300.00

12-Sep-10

10,568.00

10,600.00

13-Sep-10

153,241.35

15,233,900.00

14-Sep-10

188,392.44

160,450.00

15-Sep-10

211,822.59

181,692.10

16-Sep-10

166,553.72

242,275.00

17-Sep-10

143,622.10

225,450.00

18-Sep-10

54,195.00

18,300.00

19-Sep-10

76,000.00

728.40

20-Sep-10

134,934.78

219,200.00

21-Sep-10

119,773.43

127,550.00

22-Sep-10

173,819.53

182,550.00

23-Sep-10

304,976.44

274,400.00

24-Sep-10

315,437.97

219,362.10

25-Sep-10

139,325.00

32,300.00

26-Sep-10

167,880.00

948.00

27-Sep-10

126,136.49

305,950.00

28-Sep-10

112,064.34

142,300.00

29-Sep-10

189,696.32

194,810.89

30-Sep-10

1,838,470.00

379,323.81

01-Oct-10

167042.33

87537.00

02-Oct-10

61600.00

13000.00

03-Oct-10

23000.00

53450.00

TOTAL

6,218,393.91

19,768,105.42

OUTSIDE DONORS

6,215,393.91

4,768,105.42

 

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