SACRAMENTO — Led by Gov. George Deukmejian, state elected officials collected more than $25 million in campaign contributions during 1985, a non-election year, the Fair Political Practices Commisssion reported on Wednesday.
Deukmejian was the top fund-raiser, with a total of $4.9 million in contributions and $3.9 million in the bank at the end of the year to prepare for his 1986 reelection bid.
As usual, the No. 1 legislative fund-raiser was Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco), who collected $1.8 million and had an ending cash balance of $937,000.
Brown will use most of the funds to help protect his 46-vote Democratic majority in the Assembly.
The $25 million in non-election year contributions represented a 28% increase over the $19.6 million received by state officeholders during 1981, the commission said.