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October 12, 2012
OAKLAND – Gov. Jerry Brown, who has done little public campaigning for his Nov. 6 ballot initiative to raise taxes, said tonight that he has been busy fundraising but will launch a “full-on campaign” of events starting Tuesday in Los Angeles, the state’s largest media market.
“It’s definitely a very close and challenging race, and I’m going to spend the next three weeks doing everything I can to make sure we put it over the finish line,” the Democratic governor said after an appearance in Oakland. “This will be a full-on campaign.”
Brown, whose Proposition 30 seeks to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California’s highest earners, said he has been “very busy” raising money, including at a fundraiser Thursday night in Sacramento.
He said his appearance Tuesday will likely be at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“You have to raise the money,” Brown said over salmon cakes at a restaurant here. “This is not a free good. I’ve got to be on the phone … calling people. When you ask people to give you 35 million bucks, it takes time. You have to eat, you have to drink, you have to talk, you have to sit, you have to stand. And I do all of that.”
Brown’s remarks come after Molly Munger, the proponent of a rival tax measure, unloaded on Brown with a television ad this week criticizing his initiative. Her measure, Proposition 38, would raise income taxes on all but California’s lowest-income earners.
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