Former Gov. Gray Davis and actor Robert Downey Jr. are among the latest donors to Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign, which reported raising another $556,600 in a weekend filing.
Nevada-based Station Casinos, which is backing a controversial casino project in Madera County, contributed $54,400, the maximum.
Brown has not yet said if he will seek re-election. The third-term Democrat has raised more than $14 million for the effort and leads a field of Republican opponents by a huge margin both in fundraising and early polls.
Other donors contributing the maximum to Brown in his most recent filing include Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Southern California developers Majestic Realty Co. and Jeffrey Worthe. Davis, Brown’s chief of staff during his first two terms as governor, donated $5,000, as did Downey Jr. Brown received $10,000 from Illinois billionaire J. Christopher Reyes and $10,000 each from two other members of Reyes Holdings LLC, a major beer and food distribution company. NBC Universal contributed $27,200, while Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. and The Anschutz Corp. contributed $25,000 each.
The state’s merit system watchdog has re-elected three of its officers for the 2014 calendar year. Patricia Clarey, former chief of staff to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will return as president of the five-member panel. Kimiko Burton, San Francisco deputy city attorney and daughter of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, will return as vice president. Richard Costigan, a registered lobbyist, will continue to serve as the personnel board’s representative to CalPERS.
“Public transit is a vital public service, and it’s too important to be used as a bargaining chip against the needs of the people.”