The three daughters of Panda Express cofounders Andrew and Peggy Cherng – Andrea, an attorney; Michelle , an intern at the family’s Chinese fast-food empire; and Nicole, a student – each gave $25,000 last Monday to Republican Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign. The parents gave $51,800 back in June.
Also, Mercury General on Friday put another $500,000 – bring its total as the sole donor so far to $2.5 million – into its Californians For Fair Auto Insurance Rates committee, which is pushing a ballot measure it says would make “continuous coverage discounts” portable so motorists can change insurance companies without losing their accrued time, something most other states already allow. Opponents say the measure would let insurers penalize people who’ve missed just one payment, or who decided not to drive for a time and let their insurance lapse during that period.
And, Internet and media mogul Barry Diller gave $15,000 Friday to Democrat Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign. His wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and stepson, Alexander von Furstenberg, last month gave Brown’s campaign $25,000 and $10,000, respectively.