If a measure to recall state Sen. Josh Newman ever qualifies for the ballot, donors from outside the Fullerton Democrat’s district will have had a major part in making it happen.
Campaign filings by the main pro-recall campaign committee make clear that the effort to oust the Fullerton Democrat so far has a heavy San Diego flavor.
Of the more than $44,000 in contributions reported by the Reform California committee since early April, at least $29,000 has come from donors in San Diego County, where recall leader Carl DeMaio, a former city councilman and congressional candidate, hosts a radio show, according to a pair of filings by the committee in recent days.
About $2,000 has been raised by donors listing residences within Newman’s 29th Senate District, the filings show.
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Newman narrowly defeated his GOP opponent last November in an area that has long been represented by Republicans. Recall supporters have linked the effort to Newman’s support of a 10-year, $52 billion road-funding package that will increase fuel and vehicle charges. Newman and his backers label the recall push a power grab and waste of taxpayer money.
Reform California and the California Republican Party have reported almost $408,000 in outside spending to gather the nearly 63,600 valid voter signatures to qualify a recall election and other costs. The state GOP has raised tens of thousands of dollars since early April, according to state filings.