Politics California GOP pumps $125K into recall against Gov. Newsom
Newsom recall effort rakes in over $2.5M as organizers near ballot measure signature requirement
An effort to remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom from office accrued over $2.5 million in funding as activists near the required amount of signatures to place a formal recall on the ballot, financial disclosures showed. © Provided by Washington Examiner Leaders of the petition announced Jan. 26 that they had obtained roughly 1.2 million signatures from the California public out of a required total of 1.5 million to formalize the move. A superior court in November 2020 extended the deadline to amass the signers to March 17 after organizers said the coronavirus hampered their effort to distribute forms to residents.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Republican Party announced Saturday it is giving $125,000 to the campaign aimed at recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The infusion of cash comes at a critical time for organizers, who are required to collect 1.5 million valid petition signatures by mid-March to qualify the proposal for the ballot.
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Several rivals have voiced their desire to stand against Newsom if a recall petition hits the required number of signatures.The RecallGavin2020 campaign now has 1.4 million signatures. It needs almost 1.5 million—1,495,709, or 12 percent of the votes cast in the last election for governor—to succeed.
The funds will go toward hiring workers to gather signatures. So far, that work has fallen largely on volunteers, along with mailings sent to households around the state.
The funds were donated to Rescue California, one of several political committees working to oust Newsom from office. Newsom’s political advisers call the proposal a misguided effort by supporters of former President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
Organizers say they have collected over 1.5 million signatures so far, although it's not clear how many of them will be disqualified because of technical or other errors. Committees behind the recall hope to gather well beyond the required 1.5 million, to ensure it qualifies.
“We expect to collect another 400,000 signatures,” Rescue California campaign manager Anne Dunsmore said in a statement. With the six-figure donation, “we added a substantial line item to our budget.”
The contribution “will guarantee that we bring in enough additional signatures to hold Gavin Newsom accountable,” she added.
Polls show Newsom's popularity has been sliding as residents recoil from long-running coronavirus rules that have shuttered schools and businesses.
Newsom also has weathered a public drubbing for dining out with friends and lobbyists at a San Francisco Bay Area restaurant last fall, while telling residents to stay home. And more recently, an ever-expanding fraud scandal at the state unemployment agency has his leadership during the pandemic under even closer scrutiny.
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