The Gavin Newsom recall campaign just got a big cash infusion

The Gavin Newsom recall campaign just got a big cash infusion

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Eric Ting, SFGATEDec. 29, 2020Updated: Dec. 29, 2020 3:44 p.m.Comments

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 3, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom is interviewed while visiting the Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 3, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom is interviewed while visiting the Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles.GENARO MOLINA / POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom just received nearly $600,000 in contributions from an Orange County consulting firm and a wealthy Bay Area couple.

According to a filing released Tuesday, Irvine-based consulting firm Prov 3:9, LLC  donated $500,000 to the recall efforts while Sequoia Capital’s Douglas Leone and his wife Patricia Perkins-Leone donated a combined $100,000. The couple resides in Atherton and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates in the 2020 election cycle.

Recall organizers need 1.5 million signatures by March to force a recall election, and have said they currently have over 800,000. They will probably need to log closer to 2 million signatures because many will be deemed invalid once submitted for review to the California Secretary of State’s office.

The new donations will surely help organizers hire more bodies to collect signatures in public places, but the new $600,000 is still dwarfed by the $1.7 million Darrell Issa donated to the successful campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. To comfortably reach the threshold, recall organizers will likely need more large donations like these.

Newsom’s team has grown increasingly worried about the recall efforts amid the state’s ongoing COVID-19 surge and controversial new stay-at-home order, according to Politico.Read More

In attempt to beat back growing discontent, those close to the governor have repeatedly tried to paint recall organizers as supporters of President Donald Trump, since the president lost the state by nearly 30 points in November. Newsom spokesperson Dan Newman referred to recall supporters at one point as “anti-vaccine pro-Trump extremists,” but it has also been reported that prominent Democrats could undermine Newsom in the recall process since it is possible for voters to choose to replace Newsom with another Democrat.

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