Jerry Brown Counts Another Rich, Republican Donor - NBC Bay Area

Jerry Brown Counts Another Rich, Republican Donor

Campbell departure from gubernatorial race could mean more mean for Whitman



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    Sorry, it's just too hard to resist using this photograph of Jerry Brown.

    In the latest fundraising filings from California Attorney General Jerry Brown, his campaign revealed that another wealthy Republican has contributed thousands.

    DHL founder William Robinson, who's given more than half a million to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave Brown $39,800 in the last few days of 2009. That's after Republican real estate developer Rick Caruso voiced his support and donation for Brown.

    Netflix founder Reed Hastings, who hedged his earlier $24,100 contribution to Republican candidate Steve Poizner, has given more than twice as much to Brown, at $51,800 -- the limit for individual donors.

    The national Democratic Governor's Association will also be spending its own money on an effort to get Brown elected, which state Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring suggests is a sign of weakness for the campaign, which hasn't been officially announced yet.

    Brown leads both Republican hopefuls, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, in fundraising. However, Whitman and Poizner each contributed $19 million of their own wealth to their campaigns, bringing their respective campaign funding past Brown's.

    With former Congressman Tom Campbell now running for the U.S. Senate against former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, what can we expect from Whitman and Poizner?

    CalBuzz thinks that Poizner may go on the offensive against Whitman ahead of the primary now that Campbell isn't there to spoil the race should the two top-polling candidates drag each other into the mud.

    If it's any indication, the Poizner campaign's daily press emails are now "on the record," meaning reporters can now feel free to openly attribute the Poizner campaign's digs on Whitman.

    Such as the fact that Whitman declined an interview opportunity with the Sacramento Bee for a weekend feature piece, and hasn't put in a campaign appearance in weeks. Reow!

    Jackson West has no money to give any of these campaigns, but probably wouldn't even if he did.