World California GOP Donates $125,000 to Recall Gavin Newsom Campaign After Petition Hits Target
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The petition to have the Democratic governor of California recalled has gained 1.4 million signatures. It will need nearly 1.5 million by March 17 to be successful.Among those who have donated include three Republicans who were big players in supporting Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.
The California Republican Party announced plans to give $125,000 to the campaign to recall the Democratic Governorat the weekend, as a petition for his ouster hit its minimum target of 1.5 million signatures.
Funds from the California GOP are expected to be spent on hiring workers to gather more signatures for the petition, Associated Press reported, noting that the campaign had largely relied on volunteers.
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The newswire also reported that the money was provided to the Rescue California political action committee, after the Republican National Committee's decision to pass $250,000 to the state GOP to boost recall efforts.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Rescue California campaign manager Anne Dunsmore said the recall campaign expected to gather another 400,000 signatures in light of the funding boost from the California GOP.
Newsweek has contacted the California GOP and Recall Gavin Newsom campaign for further comment. Gov. Newsom's office has also been approached for comment.
The Republican National Committee announced on Thursday last week that it wasto aid the effort to recall the state's Democratic governor amid lockdown measures and a stalled vaccine rollout.
Gavin Newsom Faces Recall Election as Campaign Collects 1,509,000 Signatures
Only one California governor has been removed from office following a recall election in the last 100 years.Recall Gavin Newsom launched last year and amassed more than 900,000 signatures by the end of December. The recall campaign said it collected more than 1.4 million signatures by early February and gathered a total of 1,509,000 signatures by Friday.
"Gov. Newsom's authoritarian measures, blatant overreach and complete mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic have proven that he is woefully unqualified to lead the state of California," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Politico in a statement last week. "It is time the people use their constitutional recourse to remove him from power."
Video: Recall Gov. Newsom campaign nears goal of 2 million signatures (FOX News)
Three major Trump donors also contributed ato the recall effort last week as it approached its baseline target of 1.5 million signatures—the minimum number of valid signatures needed to put a recall on the ballot.
At the time of writing, the recall campaign claims to have more than 1.5 million signatures toward a goal of 2 million, a number that would counterbalance any signatures deemed invalid and tossed out by officials.
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Last year, the movement to recall Gavin Newsom began after growing frustration over the Democratic California governor's leadership. Organizers of Recall Gavin 2020 and Rescue California cited several reasons why Newsom has "failed Californians."Organizers of Recall Gavin 2020 and Rescue California cited several reasons why Newsom has "failed Californians," including rising unemployment, homelessness, high taxes, a rise in crime, lack of affordable housing, a failure to enforce immigration laws and his move to "overrule the will of the people regarding the death penalty.
The deadline for the recall petition to be submitted with 1.5 million valid signatures is March 10, meaning campaigners have little less than a month to gather more than 400,000 signatures.
A poll published by UC Berkeley earlier this month found that Gov. Newsom's approval rating hadin the space of four months. Forty-six percent of California voters said they approved of his record in office, while 48 percent told pollsters they disapproved.
However, only around a third of Californians said it would be a good thing if the governor was recalled, compared to 49 percent who were opposed to the idea.
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