Campaign finance records show as of this weekend, Brown had reported more than $1.45 million in contributions. Those dollars were raised in the first month of the governor's efforts, and will no doubt help pay for signature gathering now that his tax increase initiative has hit the streets.
Over the years, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has reserved a unique place in his own political purgatory for groups he calls "special interests." The membership list had remained pretty unchanged since 2003.
That is, until last week. Organized labor, Indian gaming tribes... make room for oil companies.
But unlike the other members of the "special interests" club, Schwarzenegger has a long political relationship with some members of this new category: campaign contributions over the years of almost $3 million.