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Newsom Reports $10M+ More On Hand Than Villaraigosa in California

Knute Buehler leads the May 15 GOP primary to take on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 27, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) was the deciding vote to choose a new state superintendent, “who is a registered lobbyist” who contributed to a PAC supporting her campaign. (WAAY)

State Sen. Bill Hightower (R) released several medical records … on Friday along with a letter from his personal physician in Mobile, who stated that the 58-year-old … is in ‘excellent physical health.’” (

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) raised $4.5 million between Jan. 1 and April 21 and reported $17.6 million on hand. (California Target Book)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) raised $2.4 million and had $7 million on hand. (California Target Book)

Businessman John Cox (R) raised $1.5 million and had $1.2 million on hand. (California Target Book)

State Treasurer John Chiang (D) raised $4.4 million, three-quarters of which was a transfer from his reelection committee, and reported $7.9 million on hand. (California Target Book)

State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) raised $8683,000 and had $148,000 on hand. (California Target Book)

Former state schools superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) raised $226,000 and had $141,000 on hand. (California Target Book)

Former state cabinet aide Amanda Renteria (D) raised $99,000 and had $77,000 on hand. (California Target Book)

Los Angeles Philanthropist Eli Broad gave $1 million to California Charter Schools Association Advocates, a group supporting Villaraigosa. (California Target Book)

The pro-Newsom California Nurses Association bought $289,000 in radio ads. (California Target Book)

GA GOV: William Perry of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs filed a complaint Thursday accusing former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “of illegally leveraging her campaign’s staff and resources to promote the book, ‘Minority Leader.’” Abrams pokeswoman Priyanka Mantha: “[Former state Rep.] Stacey Evans and her allies appear to be following the old and Trumpian playbook: File complaint after complaint to sow confusion.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“Abrams is trying to turn her more than $200,000 in debt into an advantage.” She “invoked the debt in criticizing … Evans … for backing an overhaul of the state’s debt settlement model that she said would lead to higher fees for struggling Georgians.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Musician John Legend endorsed Abrams. (Twitter)

ID GOV: Rep. Raul Labrador (R) “said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the voter-passed initiative.” (Boise Spokesman-Review)

Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan (D) “is not a conventional gubernatorial candidate. Until she resigned to dedicate herself full-time to running for governor, she was the only left-leaning legislator from North Idaho to survive the 2016 Trump wave that took out even the most established Democrats in the area. She’s a progressive, but declines comparisons to Bernie Sanders; she’s a woman of color, running to become the US’s first Native American governor, in a state that is 82% white. In the Idaho house, she refused to toe the party line. She’s referred to state Rep. Heather Scott, a far-right legislator and favorite liberal enemy, as a friend. And while the bulk of the Idaho Democratic establishment has endorsed Jordan’s opponent, Boise school board member A.J. Balukoff, Jordan has earned the support of the progressive” PACs. “Jordan’s not a centrist or a moderate, nor is she a veteran or a handsome white guy with two kids, like many of the candidates who have been forwarded by the Democratic Party to win over swing states and districts. And she’s not intimidated by calls, such as those from her opponent, that she should bide her time.” (BuzzFeed)

NY GOV: “Outspoken radio host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa said Thursday he is considering running for governor on the Reform Party line.” (New York Daily News)

OK GOV: Former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R) launched a TV and radio ad this week, promising to “help President Trump fight illegal immigration by auditing every state agency and blocking tax dollars being spent on illegal immigrants.” It references the 2015 traffic death of sportscaster Bob Barry Jr., for which “illegal immigrant” Gustavo Gutierrez is serving time in prison. (release)

OR GOV: State Rep. Knute Buehler (R) led businessman Sam Carpenter (R) 39-24 percent in a Triton Research (IVR) poll (April 19-22; 1,013 GOP LVs; +/-3.1%) released by Carpenter’s campaign. The rest of the field for the May 15 primary trailed in the single digits. (release) “Carpenter said he was hoping it would persuade the other anti-abortion conservatives in the race to drop out and support him. … Buehler’s campaign disclosure reports show he has spent more than $800,000 on TV commercials, mailings and digital advertising.” (OPB)

SC GOV: Former state House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R), “who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds for personal benefit, said in a radio interview on WTMA this week he is backing” former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R). (Charleston Post & Courier)

TN GOV: State House Speaker Beth Harwell’s (R) “latest campaign finance disclosures show payments … to Ohio-based company Strategic Media Placement … That same day, Tennesseans for Good State Government — which until December was known as Harwell PAC — made a $20,000 payment to Strategic Media Group Inc. for ‘video/production.’” (Nashville Tennessean)


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