Is Gov. Jerry Brown about to get double-Mungered?
Republican activist Charles Munger Jr. has given nearly $20 million to an independent committee that is both supporting Proposition 32's campaign finance provisions and opposing the tax increase in Brown's Proposition 30.
The Small Business Action Committee received three donations from Munger, a Stanford physicist and reliable GOP donor $5.9 million near the end of September, $4.1 million a week earlier and $10 million on Tuesday. Since January, the business action committee has taken in more than $22 million.
The committee reported purchasing about $4.8 million in radio and television ads supporting Proposition 32. It also gave $700,000 to a committee fighting Proposition 30.
Brown is now fighting two members of the Munger family.
Munger's sister, civil rights attorney Molly Munger, has poured more than $30 million into a competing tax proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot, Proposition 38.
The Munger kids owe the bulk of their bank balances to their investor father, Charles Munger Sr., vice chairman of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
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"I don't do a lot of barnstorming."
JOHN CHIANG, state controller, when asked whether he would go on tour to promote Proposition 30 after appearing in ads launched Wednesday for the tax increase initiative
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