The parade of OPM – Other People’s Money– continues as Special Interests pay for Gavin’s TV production, cable ad buys, outdoor billboards, online campaigns, his mail pieces, and even his Twitter ads
It turns out that Big Oil families and wealthy family connections aren’t the only ones funding Gavin Newsom’s political dreams.
The special interests are, too.
To the tune of more than $57 million, yet he’s now dropped to below 50 percent in public polls.
In his race for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Newsom has raked in $54,388,237 in campaign cash.
In his race for Mayor, his contributions totaled $2,485,735. (In his race for Supervisor, he took in $234,813.)
The total amount funding his career exceeds a whopping $57 million, and with new contributions coming in daily the figure is likely even higher.
However, the campaign contributions don’t include Independent Expenditures nor Behested Payments – which total millions more.
For example, in the race for Governor the special interests are paying for Newsom’s TV production, cable buys, outdoor media, online advertising, mail pieces, and even his Twitter ads.
As has been the case for nearly two decades, whether in his business endeavors or at times even the roof over his head, other people are paying his bills.
According to public campaign finance contribution records, some of the special interests coming in with independent expenditures for Newsom since just September 28 are: the California Correctional Peace Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee (nearly $3 million for TV production/cable buy); California Building Industry Association Independent Expenditure Committee (more than $160,0000); California Federation of Teachers COPE (at least $1,000 for mailer); “Independent Voter PAC” (nearly $100,000 for Online ads); California Statewide Law Enforcement Association Independent Expenditure Committee ($1,000 for Twitter ads); and Outfront Media LLC formerly CBS Outdoor ($100,000 for outdoor billboard ads).
No wonder Newsom can’t relate to Californians who can’t pay their bills – he’s always had others pay for his!