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Could some sweet Steyer cash give Kevin de León a much-needed boost?




LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 13:  Tom Steyer introduces a panel during the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for National Clean Energy Summit 6.0)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 13: Tom Steyer introduces a panel during the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for National Clean Energy Summit 6.0)
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Every week, Take Two takes a look back at politics in the Golden State. This week:

I think if this endorsement comes along with a seven-figure check or eight-figures, then it makes a difference. I think there's still room. There's a lot of time. This race is going to November, and Dianne Feinstein's bank account isn't that giant. Ten-million dollars? That's not enough to run a real serious campaign in California if Kevin de Leon's going to get any money. 

The reason she has such a commanding lead is [that] he hasn't raised anything. He has like $600 thousand — that's less than most of the congressional candidates are raising as challengers in these contested districts. Kevin de Leon has a great resume, personally, but no money to advertise it right now. 

If Tom Steyer doesn't come through with a big check, other donors will look around and say 'geez, if your closet ally who's a billionaire didn't give you any money, we're not gonna give you money. It's hopeless. If he does give a big check, this jumpstarts a campaign that could get pretty serious pretty quickly. 

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