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Obama advisor complicates Gov. Jerry Brown's tax campaign

October 10, 2012 |  6:09 pm

JerryBrownObamaRallyForget Obama vs. Romney.

The biggest political match-up in California this November may be between the president and Gov. Jerry Brown -- or at least their respective campaigns.

In one corner is Brown, who is working to pass a November ballot measure to raise taxes to help close the state's deficit. In the other corner is Larry Grisolano, one of Obama's top political advisors -- and a key consultant to a rival California tax measure, Proposition 38.

Grisolano -- or "Gris" as he is known in the Obama camp -- is helping to cut spots for the Proposition 38 campaign, which this week launched an ad attacking Brown's measure, Proposition 30.

The Democratic consultant managed former Gov. Gray Davis' reelection campaign in 2002 and his unsuccessful effort to retain office in the following year's recall.

Grisolano's firm, AKPD Message and Media, has been paid more than $17.6 million for ad production for the Proposition 38 campaign, according to records filed with the secretary of state's office.

Joe Arellano, a spokesman for the Proposition 38 campaign, said Grisolano is one of three consultants helping to produce ads.

"He is monitoring the campaign," he said of Grisolano, "but is primarily engaged in the reelection of President Obama."


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-- Michael J. Mishak in Sacramento


Photo: Then-Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown gives a speech at a rally with President Barack Obama on the USC campus in 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times