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GOP candidate Kashkari pumps $500K into campaign

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is pumping $500,000 of his own money into his campaign and is launching his first television ad.

The commercial that begins airing Monday shows the former U.S. Treasury official chopping wood on property he owns near Truckee. He says career politicians don't know how to earn a dollar. Instead, they know only “how to spend yours.”

In theatrics reminiscent of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kashkari takes an ax to a miniature train, saying the first thing he would do as governor is ax the high-speed rail project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Kashkari's campaign says the commercial will air statewide but did not say how frequently. The former head of the federal bank bailout is the first gubernatorial candidate to air broadcast advertising this year.

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