Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings has given $3 million California Governor Gavin Newsom’s anti-recall effort – the biggest donation it has received so far.
Hastings made the donation to the Stop The Republican Recall fund on Thursday, Politico reported. The streaming chief has not commented on his donation, but has long been a Democrat donor.
Last month the campaign to recall Newsom – which could see him ousted from office – passed the 1,495,709 signatures required to qualify for the ballot.
A recall vote will take place on an as-yet unannounced date this year. It will see voters asked whether they wish to recall Newsom. If more than 50 per cent of voters say yes, he will be replaced.
Voters will also be asked who they want to replace him, with the candidate who receives the most votes then replacing Newsom as governor.
Hastings has previously donated up to $7 million to advance the agenda of charter schools in California, Politico reported.
He is just one of many high-profile California Democrats opening up their wallets to help Newsom defeat a recall effort the governor has claimed is driven by right wing extremists.
Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings (pictured) donated $3 million to an anti-recall campaign for California governor Gavin Newsom
The recall movement against Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom (pictured) has mostly centered around his handling of the pandemic
The ‘Stop the Republican Recall’ fund says it ‘stands with Gavin Newsom and is opposed to the Republican recall’
The recall movement has mostly centered around Newsom’s handling of the pandemic.
Critics have panned Newsom’s restrictive lockdown measures on schools and businesses during the pandemic.
They claim California did no better with COVID cases, hospitalization and deaths than Republican states including Texas and California which had far less restrictive measures.
Newsom was also publicly slammed after he was seen dining at luxurious French Laundry restaurant in November 2020, where he and a party of 10 or more people were seen without face masks and none were practicing social distancing.
At the time, the state had a ban on indoor dining, with the governor urging Californians to stay at home.
Newsom currently has a financial advantage over his challengers due to a state law that allows him to raise unlimited amounts of money to try and save his governorship.
His challengers are limited to $32,400 in their direct accounts because of campaign laws. They must abide by regular campaign finance laws, but Newsom doesn’t have to, because the recall effort is considered a ballot issue, rather than an election campaign, for a sitting governor.
A February filing showed Hastings also donated $32,400 and $29,600 to Newsom’s campaign. His wife matched his donations.
Newsom was publicly slammed after he was seen dining at luxurious French Laundry restaurant in November 2020, where he and a party of 10 or more people (pictured) were seen without face masks and none were practicing social distancing
Republican challengers to Newsom include John Cox and former gold medal winning Olympian and reality television star Caitlin Jenner (pictured)
Newsom has also received six-figure donations prominent individuals and industries including billionaire couple Stewart and Lynda Resnick, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and multiple law firms and labor unions, Politico reported.
Recent donors to the fund include director JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath, who each contributed $32,400, Deadline reported.
Newsom himself has dubbed the recall effort a ‘partisan, Republican recall’ backed by right wing extremist groups like QAnon and the Proud Boys.
The ‘Stop the Republican Recall’ fund says it ‘stands with Gavin Newsom and is opposed to the Republican recall.’
‘Instead of helping fight the pandemic, these (Republican) partisan forces are pulling a page from the Trump playbook and attacking Californians,’ the site claims.
Republican challengers to Newsom include John Cox and former gold medal winning Olympian, as well as reality television star Caitlin Jenner.