Campaign finance: Self-funders, Gray, celebs

Republican Jack Sieglock anted up $100,000 last Wednesday for his rematch with incumbent Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, who defeated him in 2008’s general election. Andy Pugno – chief counsel for the Yes on 8 campaign against same-sex marriage – put up $100,000 the same day for his own bid in the 5th Assembly District, where incumbent Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, is term-limited out.

Former Gov. Gray Davis, now of counsel at the firm of Loeb and Loeb in Los Angeles, contributed $2,500 last Thursday to the Democratic gubernatorial campaign of California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

On the celebrity watch, actress Reese Witherspoon gave $1,500 last Wednesday to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’ campaign for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. Harris also got $1,000 each that day from Double Features Films producers Michael and Carla Shamberg, whose company’s credits include movies such as “Garden State,” “The Skeleton Key” and “Reno 911!: Miami;” $2,000 from “Lost” co-creator and co-executive producer Damon Lindelof; and $1,000 each from MGM executive Mary Parent and chairman Harry Sloan. Also, director/producer Brett Ratner gave $1,000 Tuesday; Golden State Warriors co-owner Angela Cohan gave $1,500 Thursday; and NFL Network host Richard Eisen gave $1,000 Friday.

Also, film director/producer Rob Reiner gave $3,000 last Wednesday to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Newsom also received $6,500 each that day from Starz LLC CEO Christopher Albrecht and from from real estate heir/movie producer Steve Bing, California’s top individual political spender of the last decade. ($6,500 is .0112 percent of $58,050,783, in case you were wondering.)

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.