Newsom bests opponent’s funding in two weeks of run 

Mayor Gavin Newsom raised more money in the last two weeks for his lieutenant governor campaign than his top opponent, Janice Hahn, collected in two months, according to campaign finance records.

Since Newsom opened his campaign March 9, he has raised $267,218, according to campaign finance records. Monday was the deadline for the current filing period between Jan. 1 and Wednesday.

Hahn raised $106,515 in that time period. She still has more cash in hand compared to Newsom, having collected more than $500,000, said Michael Trujillo, Hahn’s campaign manager.

“The tremendous early support sends a powerful message of momentum and enthusiasm,” said Dan Newman, spokesman for Newsom’s campaign.

It is clear that Newsom’s late start has injected a new shot of energy into the race for lieutenant governor. Hahn, a Los Angeles city councilwoman, is running against the mayor of one of the state’s largest cities whose name is nationally known.

It certainly helped that he had already cultivated donors during his aborted gubernatorial campaign, which ended in October, Trujillo said. During that time, Newsom raised more than $3.5 million.

“It’s absurd he is able to go back to the same donors,” Trujillo said. “Gavin’s donors are like folks that sit in front of broken slot machine — all they get are three lemons.”

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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