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New pro-Jerry Brown group takes shape

An independent expenditure committee aimed at boosting Jerry Brown's campaign for governor is taking shape, with three major donors in the labor movement signing on as co-chairmen.

The heads of the State Building Trades Assn., California Professional Firefighters and Service Employees International Union all have joined California Working Families 2010 as co-chairmen. They have each made a "significant" pledge to the committee, according to committee spokesman Roger Salazar. Businessman Ron Burkle has also "pledged resources" to the campaign, Salazar said.

The new support comes just days after the window officially closed to qualify a measure for the ballot that could limit unions' ability to use dues for political purposes. The window for that measure to qualify for the November ballot officially closed Friday.

Salazar said the new committee plans to air television ads aimed at helping Jerry Brown's campaign for governor. The troika at the head of this new committee is the same group that led the efforts to fight the recall of Gov. Gray Davis in 2003.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

 
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