This week in big-time campaign cash

I’ll be out of pocket from tonight through the weekend, so I must post this today rather than Friday and then catch up next week.

Topping this week’s list of big ($25,000 or more) spenders on California campaigns and committees is $2.25 million given Tuesday by Arizona education magnate Peter Sperling to the campaign for Proposition 7, which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California put $1.2 million Wednesday into the campaign against Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. David S. Christensen of Alamo, co-president and COO of real estate investment and development firm Nearon Enterprises; Christianne Danielson of Santa Monica; John D. Tanner, owner of Tanner Industries in Granite Bay; and former Palo Alto Mayor Jack R. Wheatley each gave $25,000 Monday to support Prop. 8, and Mesa, Ariz., farmer David LeSueur gave $25,000 Tuesday to support the measure.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings of Santa Cruz gave $105,268.87 Wednesday to support Proposition 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure.

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.