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Last night at the birthday party for California Democratic Party vice-chair Alex Rooker at Il Fornaio, one of the most popular spots after the arrival of the mariachi was the entrance to the patio room where--with just the right squint--one could make out the action and score of the late game. How about them Titans?

It was great to see so many old and newer friends. Great job Brother Jay Hansen for organizing the gathering.

One of the most interesting thing was talking to lots of folks about the uncertainty of the Democratic presidential primary and the uncertainty of most of our personal votes. While there were Bloomberg signs on some tables (Alex was named a senior advisor this week along with others), the event wasn't a Bloomberg-sponsored event.

CANDIDATE LISTS: After my unfortunate command-line SQL stupid error yesterday, I have re-typed in the 535 candidates for March 3 election. I'm still adding websites for candidates who have them but did not submit them with their campaign filings. This is a fun exercise in googling, but the important thing is that the candidate lists are back up.

There are likely typos and I turn to you to let me know as you see them and I'll be going through them as well. Fortunately, I already caught that my fingers typed "Kevin McCarthy" for AD07. I almost left it there since it's a perennial joke including on the podcast with my own Assemblymember.

GOVERN FOR CALIFORNIA: One of the most interesting and newer players this cycle is Govern for California (GFC), the group headed by David Crane, the former advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger who now lectures at Stanford. Crane is a social moderate but aggressive on fiscal responsibility, particularly on pension obligations. The theme of Govern for California is "We Back Lawmakers Who Legislate In The General Interest."

Some see GFC as the successor to the influence exerted by Charles T. Munger Jr. in the 2000s, who moved major money through his Spirit of Democracy PAC in support of moderate Republicans and for efforts such as the independent redistricting commission in Proposition 20 (2010). Munger was a Stanford physicist is the son of Charlie Munger, the vice-chairman of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

This cycle, GFC has taken a different approach by creating multiple regional committees to accept contributions and funnel money to candidates. It's analogous to what the Democrats (primarily) are doing through county parties, whereby a donor can give money to multiple distinct committees, which in turn can max out to the candidates of their choice--so long as the original donor does not designate the contribution for a specific candidate.

While Spirit of Democracy was focused on moderate Republicans, you'll see that most of the money of GFC is going to Democrats, particularly moderates and leadership. However, they have contributed to Republicans--particularly Tyler Diep (R) who is fending off a challenge in AD72 from the right by former State Senator Janet Nguyen.

Like with the party committees, the separate committees need to have separate decision-makers, although don't believe for a moment that either the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee or the "GFC Courage Committee - Hollywood Chapter" don't know where the money should go. We all know the priorities/endorsements for each party and interests such as GFC.

The donors include benefactors of many great causes, such as CalMatters, which is providing reporting beyond reproach and has an absolute firewall between the journalists and funders. Many of them are major venture capitalists and the core of funders of GFC are related to Silicon Valley. It's basically a couple of dozen major contributors with no single policy agenda that I know of.

Let's look at the GFC committees established this far, most in 2019.

ID Number Committee
1423911 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - BAY AREA CHAPTER
1422497 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - CHAMPIONS FOR EDUCATION
1416434 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - EAST BAY CHAPTER
1416436 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - FUTURE GENERATIONS CHAPTER
1416424 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - HOLLYWOOD CHAPTER
1416442 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - LOS ANGELES CHAPTER
1420855 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - OAKLAND CHAPTER
1416422 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - PALO ALTO CHAPTER
1423919 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SAN DIEGO CHAPTER
1420465 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CHAPTER
1416440 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER
1416428 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SANTA CLARA CHAPTER
1416438 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SAN JOSE CHAPTER *
1416438 GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SANTA CRUZ CHAPTER

Not all of the committees have activity reported yet but let's see what I can scrounge up as I await the sun's rise and the opening of farmers market. I'll work through them in order for those with activity or either contributions or expenditures. Pardon the formatting, as this really should be a publication and not email. Because these are committees that contribute to state candidates, the maximum per person/entity is $7,800 per calendar year.

Note that qualifier and the dates of the max contributions as many of these folks can double up for calendar year 2020. Then, each committee can contribute $9,400 to a candidate per election cycle ($4,700 for each the primary and general). Hopefully that makes sense. I could charge you $300 per hour for that.

Let me be clear, I have not seen anything in violation of the voter-approved campaign finance measure Proposition 34 (2000) in this activity and it is the similar to what SEIU was doing at the end of the year through Democratic county committees, which I have reported extensively on. (Yes, there's a different between unions that aggregate member contributions and individual contributors.)

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GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - EAST BAY CHAPTER

Total committee receipts: $115,050

Max receipts:

ANTHONY BERNHARDT $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
JOHN SCULLY $7,800 5/20/19
KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
REGINA SCULLY $7,800 5/20/19
SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19

Candidate contributions: $82,800

Max candidate contributions:

5/31/19 RE-ELECT SENATOR ATKINS 2020 $4,700
5/31/19 GLAZER FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700
5/31/19 RENDON FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/31/19 SUSAN RUBIO FOR SENATE  $4,700

GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - FUTURE GENERATIONS CHAPTER

Total committee receipts: $139,750

Max receipts:

COLIN LIND $7,800 3/4/19
JON LOVE $7,800 5/20/19
ASHLEY MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
MARC MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
BLAKE QUINN $7,800 3/4/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19
SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19
KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19

Total candidate contributions: $68,250

Max candidate contributions:

5/24/19 RENDON FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 RE-ELECT SENATOR ATKINS 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 GLAZER FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 SUSAN RUBIO FOR SENATE 2022 $4,700
5/24/19 LORENA GONZALEZ FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
1/6/20 DIEP FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700

GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - HOLLYWOOD CHAPTER

Total receipts: $101,380

Max receipts:

SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19
KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19
ASHLEY MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
MARC MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19

Total contributions: $58,400

Max contributions:

5/24/19 RE-ELECT SENATOR ATKINS 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 JESSE GABRIEL FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 WENDY CARRILLO FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 NAZARIAN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 STERN FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 RENDON FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
8/7/19 EDUARDO GARCIA FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
8/7/19 NAZARIAN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700

GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - LOS ANGELES CHAPTER

Total receipts: $105,300

Max receipts:

SIMONE COXE $7,800
ASHLEY MERRILL $7,800
MARC MERRILL $7,800
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800
JESSE ROGERS $7,800
MINDY ROGERS $7,800
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800
TENCH COXE $7,800
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800
DAVID CRANE $7,800
KEVIN HARVEY $7,800

Total candidate contributions: $87,500

Max candidate contributions:

5/29/19 PORTANTINO FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700
5/29/19 BOB ARCHULETA FOR SENATE 2022 $4,700
5/29/19 RENDON FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/29/19 RE-ELECT SENATOR ATKINS 2020 $4,700
5/29/19 LORENA GONZALEZ FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/29/19 WENDY CARRILLO FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/29/19 SUSAN RUBIO FOR SENATE 2018 $4,700

GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - PALO ALTO CHAPTER

Total receipts: $120,950

Max contributors:

KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19
SCOTT KEPNER $7,800 5/20/19
ASHLEY MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
MARC MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19
SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19

Total candidate contributions: $81,600

Max candidate contributions:

5/24/19 LORENA GONZALES FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 PORTANTINO FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700
5/24/19 RE-ELECT SENATOR ATKINS 2020 $4,700

GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CHAPTER

Total receipts: $137,300

Max contributors:

KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19
MARK HEISING $7,800 5/20/19
JON LOVE $7,800 5/20/19
MARK PERRY $7,800 5/20/19
MAUREE JANE PERRY $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19
SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19
GREGORY G. FLYNN $7,800 5/20/19
JULIE FLYNN $7,800 5/20/19

Total candidate contributions: $88,300

Max candidate contributions:

5/28/19 LORENA GONZALEZ FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/28/19 PHIL TING FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/28/19 RENDON FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
5/28/19 PORTANTINO FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700

Total receipts: $133,050

Max contributions:

JOHN DAWSON $7,800 5/16/19
KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19
ASHLEY MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
MARC MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19
CAROL TINSLEY $7,800 5/20/19
RICK TINSLEY $7,800 5/20/19
SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19

Total candidate contributions: $78,300

Max candidate contributions:

6/5/19 LORENA GONZALEZ FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
6/5/19 RE-ELECT SENATOR ATKINS 2020 $4,700
6/5/19 RENDON FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,700
6/5/19 PORTANTINO FOR SENATE 2020 $4,700

GFC COURAGE COMMITTEE - SANTA CRUZ CHAPTER (formerly "San Jose Chapter")

Total receipts: $111,500

Max contributors:

SIMONE COXE $7,800 5/20/19
TENCH COXE $7,800 5/20/19
DAVID CRANE $7,800 5/20/19
KEVIN HARVEY $7,800 5/20/19
ASHLEY MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
MARC MERRILL $7,800 5/20/19
NICHOLAS PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
SUSAN PRITZKER $7,800 5/20/19
JESSE ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
MINDY ROGERS $7,800 5/20/19
WARREN E. SPIEKER, JR., INCLUDING SPIEKER REALTY INVESTMENTS $7,800 5/20/19
JEREMY STOPPELMAN $7,800 5/20/19

Total candidate contributions: $37,250

Max contributions: None

Again, I've seen nothing illegal and not unlike plays by other interests. All in the game, yo.

More after the jump! 

 

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): I rarely include individual organizational endorsements, but that of the Los Angeles County Republican Party of businessman Mike Garcia over former GOP congressman Steve Knight yesterday is pretty significant. Knight lost to former representative Katie Hill (D) in 2008 by 8.8%.

The endorsement is in the dual election on March 3 for the special primary and regular primary to succeed Hill, who resigned in October. The special has a field of 13 (7 Dem, 5 Rep, 1 NPP), while the regular has a field of 12 (6 Dem, 5 Rep, 1 NPP). The special is almost certain to go to a May 12 runoff of the top two (unless one candidate receives 50%+1) and of course the regular primary will send the top-two candidates to the November 3 general.

FOGGY BOTTOM LINE: The LAT's Paul Duginkski has a fascinating article about why we're experiencing fewer Tule Fog events in the Central Valley. Not surprisingly, it largely comes down to declines in surface water, such as marshes that used to be prevalent around the Valley.

When I first started coming up to Sacramento from Orange County in 1993-94, it was prevalent. During the winter months, you never counted on arriving in Sacramento on an early-morning flight. And, if you were departing in my morning, you wanted to be on the first (i.e. 6am) flight out, as you'd be on a plane that had arrived the night before. Later morning flights would be delayed awaiting incoming traffic. Some of that improved by virtue of better equipment, but the dense fog events have been noticeably less frequent and severe.

And, Sacramentans, don't say it was foggy this morning. That was not Tule Fog as we remember.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sabrina Ashjian, Senator Steven Bradford, Joseph LopezKarina Talamantes, and Jamal Wilson!

 

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