•   
  •   
  •   

Politics The failed attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom cost California taxpayers $276 million

08:25  15 september  2021
08:25  15 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Newsom's nightmare: How one November day fueled the recall

  Newsom's nightmare: How one November day fueled the recall SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a single day last November, two events helped set the course for just the second recall election against a governor in California history: Gov. Gavin Newsom dined with 11 friends and lobbyists at one of the country’s most expensive restaurants as he pleaded with Californians to stay home, while those looking to kick him out of office won four more months to qualify for the ballot. Photos of the maskless dinner showed the Democratic governor going against what he had been urging for months to combat the coronavirus: don’t gather in groups, keep your distance, wear a mask.

California 's Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has successfully fended off an attempt to topple him in a recall election. Republicans had tried to unseat him over his policies on immigration, COVID-19 and crime. Final polls before the actual vote predicted that Newsom would hold onto his position. The recall process has been questioned over its cost and quirkiness. Voters are first asked if they think Newsom should stay in power, and then asked who they think should replace him if not.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has emerged victorious from a special recall election, according to several media projections, meaning the state executive first elected in 2018 will remain in office after a contentious campaign. With more than 61% of the votes tallied, Newsom was expected to win Tuesday night’s recall race by a wide margin, according to projections by NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC. Addressing supporters in Sacramento as the final results rolled in, Newson declared victory, saying he is “humbled and grateful to the millions , and millions of Californians who exercised their

Gavin Newsom holding a sign: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a No on the Recall campaign event with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at IBEW-NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center on September 08, 2021 in San Leandro, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a No on the Recall campaign event with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at IBEW-NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center on September 08, 2021 in San Leandro, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom fended off the recall election campaign against him.
  • The state, political parties, and individual donors flooded the short, failed election with funds.
  • Here's how much money was spent in the California recall election.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Californians decided that Gov. Gavin Newsom would continue to serve as their governor after a costly recall election campaign. The race was called by Insider and Decision Desk HQ at 8:21 p.m. PT, projecting the "no" voters as the winners.

California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end

  California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom voted to keep himself in office Friday, days before the recall election against him comes to a close. The Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote. “I think we're gonna be alright," he joked. The last day to vote is Tuesday, and at least a third of California's 22 million registeredThe Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote.

© Provided by Associated Press Gov . Gavin Newsom speaks to volunteers in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. The recall election that could remove California Democratic Gov . Newsom is coming to an end. Voting concludes Tuesday in the rare, late-summer election that has emerged as a national battlefront on issues from COVID-19 restrictions to climate change. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov .

California ’s lieutenant governor announced at the beginning of July that the recall election would be held on Sept. 14. And the state’s Department of Finance estimated that it will cost $ 276 million to hold the election. Newsom and his political team and allies spent the summer attempting to nationalize the recall drive by characterizing it as a Republican "power grab." The embattled governor the past couple of months turned to well-known and influential Democrats and progressives – including Vice President Kamala Harris, a former U.S. senator and state attorney general in California , former

Newsom survived the recall, facing off against and beating 46 other candidates in a race that polled closely at times, and which political experts expected Newsom to survive.

But the money spent by California and money raised by factions in support and against the recall shows how pricey the failed recall election was.

Here are some of the key figures:

  • $276 million: The amount of money the recall election cost the state of California, according to the State Finance Department.
  • $80.5 million: The total amount in contributions from those in opposition to the recall going back to January of 2021, per the California Secretary of State's website. (This includes donations going to multiple committees against the recall.)
  • $16.5 million: The total amount in contributions from those in favor of the recall election dating back to January 2021, per the California Secretary of State's website. (This includes donations going to multiple committees for the recall.)
  • $13.8 million: The figure that Larry Elder, the leading opponent against Newsom, raised in the election.
  • $9.7 million: That's the amount of money candidate John Cox, the recall effort's largest single donor, raised for the election, according to the Los Angeles Times. Cox also ran as a candidate and lost in the recall, as well as in the general 2018 election.
  • $3.1 million: That's how much Netflix CEO Reed Hastings raised in the effort opposing the recall, making him the largest single donor against it, according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the LA Times, overall, $83 million was raised in opposition to the recall and $45.2 million was raised in support of it.

Read the original article on Business Insider

How the recall election against California Gavin Newsom will work .
The election will be just the second recall election for governor in state history. The other took place in 2003 when Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. Here's what you need to know about the recall. How did we get here?In February 2020, a group called the California Patriot Coalition began circulating a petition to recall Newsom, citing his administration's policies on immigration, homelessness, the state's drought emergency and taxes. Newsom had faced five previous recall attempts, but such petitions require 1.

usr: 1
This is interesting!