What voters need to know about Governor Newsom’s recall
Mr Newsom’s Democratic allies accuse the effort of being undemocratic extreme right-wing takeover by Trumpian extremists who otherwise would never see a Republican elected to the highest office in the state of California.
They also note that if the term of US Senator Dianne Feinstein ends prematurely, the governor will appoint her replacement, which could overthrow the balance of power in the US Senate and allow Republicans to block, for example, President Biden’s candidates for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Supporters of Mr Newsom have praised the governor’s handling of the pandemic, citing California’s relative success in control the virus, record of state aid for families and businesses affected by the pandemic and the california swift rebound in economic health.
Who funds the campaigns for and against the recall?
The recall is funded mainly by conservative and Republican donors. Geoff Palmer, a Southern California real estate developer and supporter of Donald Trump, for example, has donated more than $ 1 million. John Kruger, an Orange County charter school supporter who opposed pandemic restrictions on religious gatherings, donated $ 500,000 to the recall at a key time. The Republican Party has pumped money into the effort, as have national figures such as Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas.
But the money for the recall has been eclipsed by the fundraising against it. California law treats the recall issue as a voting issue, meaning that campaigns for and against the recall can accept unlimited donations. Alternate candidates, however, must meet a limit of $ 32,400 per election on individual contributions. All donations to replacement candidates, put together, are even smaller than the Governor’s War Chest.
Of the individual campaigns with the most money, those that got Mr. Elder the most largely reflected the broader funding for the recall, with substantial contributions from conservative and pro-Trump Republicans. Mr. Faulconer’s major donors include more moderate Republicans such as William Oberndorf, a major GOP donor who opposed Mr. Trump’s election, and various business interests. Mr Cox, a Republican who lost in 2018 to Mr Newsom, has largely self-funded his campaign.
Opposition to recall is funded mainly by the interests of the establishment, the unions and the Democrats. Netflix founder Reed Hastings donated $ 3 million to defend Mr Newsom, for example. Show business and Silicon Valley made large donations against the recall. Groups of workers – unions of teachers, prison guards, health workers and other public employees – made large donations. The same is true of state tribal organizations and large business groups such as the California Association of Realtors and chambers of commerce. Mr Newsom used his financial advantage to overwhelm his Republican rivals and TV recall supporters by a nearly four-to-one ratio in July and August, spending $ 20.4 million on the $ 5.6 million of supporters of the recall, according to data provided by ad tracking company AdImpact.