This week in big-time campaign cash

Here’s a rundown of big-ticket ($25,000 and up) contributions made to California campaigns this week:

Topping the list, Brooklyn, N.Y. philanthropost Robert W. Wilson today gave $1.2 million to defeat Proposition 8, the proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage — perhaps a little surprising, as his last high-profile contribution was $22.5 million last year to the Archdiocese of New York. Other contributions this week in opposition to Proposition 8 included $250,000 on Monday from Newsweb Corp. owner Fred Eychaner of Chicago; $50,000 on Monday from DreamWorks CEO David Geffen; and $26,000 on Thursday from Sempra Energy Senior Vice President of Human Resources Gloria Rowland of Rancho Santa Fe. Also, the Human Rights Campaign gave another $50,000 to oppose Proposition 8 on Wednesday; by my count, that brings HRC’s total stake so far to $2.12 million. In support of Proposition 8, John Templeton Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Monday gave $450,000, while Generations Healthcare Inc. founder and owner Steve Samuelian (no, not the former Assemblyman) of Laguna Beach gave $100,000 on Tuesday.

Children’s Hospital Oakland and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego on Monday joined their cohorts by each ponying up $695,625 to support Proposition 3, the Children’s Hospital Bond Act, which would authorize almost $1 billion in bonds to be repaid from state’s General Fund to pay for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children’s hospitals. Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach put up the same sum today.

The Napa-based Life Legal Defense Foundation gave $50,000 on Thursday to the campaign for Proposition 4, the proposed state constitutional amendment which would require doctors to inform the parent or guardian of a minor 48 hours before providing an abortion to that minor.

The Service Employees International Union’s California State Council gave $25,000 Thursday to the campaign against Propositions 6 and 9. Proposition 6 is a tough-on-crime package including adult prosecution for gang-related criminals 14 and up; annual criminal background checks for public housing residents; harsher bail conditions and penalties for certain crimes; and so on. Proposition 9 would expand crime victims’ rights including restitution.

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy on Wednesday put another $500,000 behind Proposition 10, a $5 billion bond measure called the California Alternative Fuels Initiative that would provide cash incentives to buyers of certain high-fuel-economy and alternative-fuel vehicles as well as to companies researching and developing renewable energy and cleaner cars. (This brings Clean Energy’s stake in the ballot measure to almost $3.75 million.)

As I’d noted Monday, Baron Real Estate chairman and CEO William Bloomfield Jr. of Manhattan Beach gave $100,000 that day to Proposition 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure. Ramajal LLC chairman and CEO John Hotchkis of Los Angeles followed that up with $50,000 on Tuesday; AECOM Corp. of Los Angeles ponied up $25,000 for the measure Wednesday; and Elliott Broidy of Broidy Capital in Los Angeles gave $100,000 on Thursday.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Just a heads up: Mike Huckabee recently gave an interview in which he holds Mitt Romney responsible for implementing gay marriage in Massachusetts.

    Video here:


    Welcome to the ProtectMarriage.com coalition.

    I wish that more rank and file members of the LDS (Mormon) church would realize: the anti-gay coalition they’ve joined in California is one that includes folks who – given the chance – would vote their church out of existence.

    Folks like Mike Huckabee and his Evangelical buddies.