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.
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."
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:
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.