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Brown spending tops $25 million through mid-October

October 21, 2010 |  2:23 pm

Jerry Brown raised more than $3.6 million during the first two weeks in October and has more than $11.6 million on hand for the final weeks of the campaign.

According to records filed with the secretary of State Thursday, Brown has raised more than $32 million since Jan. 1. He has spent $25.3 million on his campaign since the first of the year -- $14.5 million of that in the first two weeks of October alone.

Brown frustrated Democrats by waiting until Labor Day to begin spending heavily on his campaign. In the interim summer months, labor unions launched television ads attacking Brown's opponent, Meg Whitman, who has spent more than $141 million of her own money on the race so far. Whitman has been saturating airwaves with television ads, letting up for just a few days after her primary victory over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in June.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento