Villaraigosa raised a bundle in March—but then there’s the bad news

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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