Follow the money: Gavin Newsom recall edition

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The forecast for this summer is hot, with high wildfire risk and a fever-pitch campaign to determine the political fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The fight to recall Newsom has already consumed state politics, with the governor in campaign mode since March and both sides already reporting millions of dollars in the bank. Although the recall date has not yet been set, it will be the second major election in as many years and a third is on the way in 2022.

For recall backers, money and grassroots support will be critical in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one. Newsom has added more than $5.8 million to his campaign coffers just in May.

We’ll be following the money, updating this page daily with data from the Secretary of State. As always, let us know what questions you have about the cash funding this wild ride of an election.

How much money has each side raised?

As of May 28, 2021, $15.7 million has been raised specifically for the recall election.

Supporters of the recall have raised approximately $4.6 million and opponents have raised about $11.1 million.

California requires disclosure of information for contributors who give $100 or more to a candidate or committee in a calendar year. If a person gives less than $100, then the campaigns do not have to report that contributor’s name and address. Supporters of the recall have raised about $745,000 and opponents about $1.4 million from these small-dollar donors.

Where is the money coming from?

We can only determine this to a certain degree because we don’t know where the small-dollar contributions come from. But based on larger contributions, which the state classifies as “itemized,” it is clear that the vast majority of the money is coming from within California.

Who is giving the money?

Unlike contributions to candidates, there are no limits on how much donors can give to the recall committees. Here are the top ten contributors to each side.

For the record: An earlier version of the top contributors chart listed the incorrect amount for Stewart and Lynda Resnick.

Methodology

The data is updated daily from the California Secretary of State’s Cal-Access database.

We add itemized and unitemized contributions to get the total raised by each side, though we only use itemized contributions for the by-state analysis as contributor information is not reported for unitemized contributions.

We ignore contributions between committees that are on the same side of the issue, as they are essentially transfers.

To avoid double-counting some contributions from Patriot Coalition USA and Rescue California, two pro-recall committees, we are ignoring non-monetary contributions made to Patriot Coalition. This is because money raised by Rescue California that was earmarked for principal committee activities, such as signature gathering, must be reported by both committees.

This tracker includes committees formed by candidates specifically for the recall. We’re currently tracking the following committees:

FPPC IDName
1424018CALIFORNIA PATRIOT COALITION – RECALL GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM
1434853RESCUE CALIFORNIA – TO SUPPORT THE RECALL OF GAVIN NEWSOM
1435892CAREGIVERS AND CALIFORNIANS UNITED AGAINST THE RECALL OF GOVERNOR NEWSOM, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS
1436851STOP THE REPUBLICAN RECALL OF GOVERNOR NEWSOM
1437098RECALL NEWSOM! REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION ACTION
1437408STOP THE STEAL CALIFORNIA, OPPOSING THE RECALL OF GAVIN NEWSOM
1437864CLEAN UP CALIFORNIA, KEVIN FAULCONER’S BALLOT MEASURE COMMITTEE TO RECALL GAVIN NEWSOM

The committees registered with the California FPPC that we consider to be involved in the recall.


See daily updates to the list of donors to the recall campaign. Go to the California Secretary of State’s website HERE

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