Gov. Jerry Brown at midyear had 223 times as much money banked for a 2014 re-election bid than his closest Republican competitor, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Brown, who has not yet formally announced that he will run next year, raised $2.8 million in the first six months of 2013 and had more than $10 million cash on hand as of June 30.

Official figures were not yet available late Wednesday from the gubernatorial campaign of former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. But a spokeswoman for the Santa Maria Republican said that he raised about $314,000 in the year's first half and had about $45,000 cash on hand at midyear.

Governor Jerry Brown speaks at Sustainable Silicon Valley’s fourth annual Water, Energy and Smart Technology Summit and Showcase of Solutions for
Governor Jerry Brown speaks at Sustainable Silicon Valley's fourth annual Water, Energy and Smart Technology Summit and Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability at NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, Calif. on Thursday, May 23, 2013. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

Despite the lopsided figures, campaign manager Jeff Corless said Maldonado is off to a good start, "laying the foundations for a gubernatorial bid, establishing a credible list of early supporters that believe he represents a viable candidacy."

Most political experts see Brown, who would be seeking his fourth and final term, as dominating the field.

"Jerry Brown intends to be the longest-serving governor in state history, and he's going about his business pragmatically, prudently and aggressively to assure that destiny takes place," said Larry Gerston, a San Jose State poltical science professor. "This is not the Jerry Brown that we knew 35 years ago, and it shows."


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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, raised more than $83,000 for his gubernatorial bid in 2013's first half and spent almost $70,000. As of June 30, he had $27,000 cash on hand but $13,000 in outstanding debts.

In some other statewide money races:

  • Controller: Former Assemblyman Dario Frommer of La Canada Flintridge leads with $675,000 banked as of June 30, but Board of Equalization member Betty Yee of Alameda raised funds much more aggressively and had about $472,000 at midyear. State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, whose Capitol office was raided by the FBI in June, had about $26,000 in the bank.

  • Treasurer: State Controller John Chiang raised more than $708,000 in the year's first half and had almost $1.1 million banked as of June 30. Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez raised no money but had $4.3 million banked at midyear. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster didn't file a report before this newspaper's deadline.

  • Secretary of State: State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, raised $332,000 in the year's first half and had $299,000 cash on hand as of June 30, with about $23,000 in outstanding debts. Democrat Derek Cressman of Sacramento raised $57,000 and had almost $45,000 in the bank with no debt. Former Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon raised $8,000 and had just $868 cash on hand, with $2,900 in debts. But the red ink is deeper for Republican Pete Peterson of Santa Monica, who raised $59,000 but had just $13,000 banked at midyear and more than $52,000 in debts. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys, didn't file a report before this newspaper's deadline.

    In a legislative race, former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Hayward -- convicted in January 2012 of shoplifting and months later defeated in an Alameda County supervisorial race -- intends to run against Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, in the 10th State Senate District, from which Sen. Ellen Corbett will be term-limited out. Hayashi raised $5,900 in the year's first half, leaving her with about $732,000 cash on hand -- mostly rolled over from previous campaigns -- as of June 30. Wieckowski raised almost $135,000 but as of June 30 had much less cash on hand: about $76,000, not counting almost $11,000 in outstanding debts.

    Josh Richman covers politics. Contact him at 510-208-6428. Follow him at Twitter.com/josh_richman. Read the Political Blotter at IBAbuzz.com/politics.