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Brown has $22.5 million to spend before Nov. 2

October 5, 2010 |  9:30 am

Jerry Brown has $22.5 million to get him through the final month of the gubernatorial campaign, according to a financial disclosure report that will be filed with the state Tuesday.

The Democratic nominee is locked in a tight race with Republican billionaire Meg Whitman, who has shattered spending records by putting $119 million of her personal wealth into her effort. The former EBay chief's finance numbers will become public later Tuesday.

Brown raised $28.5 million between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, bringing his total contributions to $32.5 million, according to a source in the Brown campaign.

Brown caused consternation among some Democrats by refusing to spend money over the summer, despite Whitman hammering him on the airwaves. He argued that he needed to save his limited resources until the fall, and that voters wouldn't began paying attention to the race until then anyway.

The finance report will show that the candidate lived by his plan and avoided spending nearly any money until Labor Day. He has spent nearly $10 million since, much of it on advertising.

-- Seema Mehta in Los Angeles