Politics & Government

Governor rakes in maximum donations from celebrities and others during Los Angeles fundraiser

Brown had diverse list of donors for a fourth term

If Eli Broad disappointed Gov. Jerry Brown when his name appeared to be included on a sloppily redacted list of donors working at cross-purposes with the governor in California’s initiative wars last year, he may have begun to make it up to the governor last week.

The developer and philanthropist donated $54,400, the maximum allowed, to Brown’s re-election campaign. The donation was among more than $1 million in contributions Brown reported receiving last Thursday, when he attended a fundraiser hosted by movie industry executives in Los Angeles.

Other donors who gave the maximum to Brown included Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the former basketball standout, Flynt Management Group LLC, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt’s company, and Norman Pattiz, who founded the radio network Westwood One.

Actors Kirk Douglas and Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black each donated $5,000, according to campaign finance filings.

Brown has not yet said if he will seek re-election next year, but he is widely expected to run. The third-term Democrat has raised about $14 million for the effort.

– David Siders


Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, plans to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley in the Ventura-centered 26th Congressional District. Gorell’s decision to forgo a final term in the Assembly could prompt Democrats to target his swing 44th Assembly District in 2014. Gorell’s challenge of Brownley appears to signal the path forward for fellow Republican Tony Strickland, a former state senator who lost to Brownley in 2012 and could seek the adjacent seat of GOP Rep. Buck McKeon should he retire.

– Christopher Cadelago