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Antonio Villaraigosa raises big money in race for governor. Is it enough?

Antonio Villaraigosa

Good news for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: He had his biggest fund-raising month in his campaign for governor, at $1.4 million in chunks of $1,000 or more in March.

Bad news for Villaraigosa: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom also had his biggest month, raising $1.7 million in March in donations of $1,000 or more.

Either way, it’s dreadful news for their fellow Democrat, Treasurer John Chiang. He raised $327,000 in March in increments of $1,000 or more, based on my tabulation of Secretary of State campaign finance data.

Republican John Cox raised $60,000 and change, but has been putting his own millions into the campaign. Yet to be seen is how much more money Cox will spend as he seeks to gain a spot in the June 5 top-two primary, and whether wealthy individuals will rain money in the form of independent campaigns on behalf of the other candidates.

Note: This post was corrected to show the fundraising totals were for March.

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Dan Morain joined CalMatters in March 2018. He is the former editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee. Morain also spent 27 years at The Los Angeles Times, and has covered the Capitol since 1992.