San Francisco billionaire publishing heir William Randolph Hearst III – a director of Hearst Corp., the San Francisco Chronicle’s parent company – gave $13,000 last week to Jerry Brown’s not-quite-gubernatorial campaign. Databases show Hearst’s past contributions include $10,600 to Brown’s campaign for Attorney General in 2004; $10,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign; $21,200 to Schwarzenegger’s 2003 gubernatorial campaign plus another $10,000 that year to the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis; and $500 to Gavin Newsom’s San Francisco mayoral campaign in 2003.
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.