Campaign finance: Brown, Perata, Duvall, Newsom

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Jerry Brown received a $10,000 campaign contribution Monday from Forest City Residential Group, the developer of Oakland’s Uptown Apartments – a project of which Brown, then the city’s mayor, was an avid supporter who helped land $54.4 million in city subsidies.

In other campaign finance news, former State Senate President Pro Tem and current Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata’s Hope 2010 ballot measure committee dumped another $20,000 Monday into Californians for a Cure, the committee run by the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association to support a proposed measure that would raise tobacco taxes to fund cancer research. That brings Hope 2010’s total ante since November for this ballot measure to $410,000.

Disgraced former Assemblyman Mike Duvall, R-Yorba Linda, who resigned last year after his boasts of extramarital affairs were caught by an open microphone at a legislative hearing, gave $2,000 Wednesday to the re-election campaign of Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R- Lake Elsinore.

PayPal cofounder Elon Musk, now CEO of Hawthorne-based space-transport company Space X, gave $6,500 Monday to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor. This item is mainly just an excuse to re-run this photo:


On the celebrity watch, movie mogul Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw-Spielberg, each gave $1,500 Tuesday to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’ campaign for state attorney general; Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spielberg’s partner at Dreamworks, and his wife, Marilyn, each gave Harris $6,500 the same day. And radio icon Casey Kasem gave $1,000 Tuesday to Brown’s gubernatorial 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.