State GOP, gubernatorial candidates rake in bucks

The California Republican Party saw an influx of big-time corporate bucks yesterday, with notable contributions including $100,000 from Walmart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, Ark.; $100,000 from Chevron Corp. of San Ramon; $25,000 from AT&T Inc. and its affiliates in San Francisco; $25,000 from the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians in Temecula; $20,000 from Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles; $15,000 from the California Association of Health Facilities PAC in Sacramento; and $12,500 from The Hartford of Hartford, Conn.

Other sizeable contributions this week included $25,000 yesterday from Rancho Santa Fe homemaker Katherine Lukianov to Republican Steve Poizner’s gubernatorial campaign; $20,000 yesterday from billionaire heir and venture capitalist John Pritzker of San Francisco plus $18,650 from his wife, Lisa Pritzker, to Democrat Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign; and $15,900 on Tuesday from Chicago media mogul Newsweb Corp. owner Fred Eychaner to Newsom’s campaign.

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.