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'Three Californias' campaign gets $1 million boost

How a new ballot measure would split California three ways

Venture capitalist Tim Draper’s new plan to break up California is on the November 2018 ballot. This time he wants to split the Golden State into three states. Here's what that would look like.
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Venture capitalist Tim Draper’s new plan to break up California is on the November 2018 ballot. This time he wants to split the Golden State into three states. Here's what that would look like.

A wealthy investor has written a $1 million check to fund his own ballot initiative to split California into three states.

Tim Draper is widely expected to be the top supporter of his "three Californias" plan, a proposal that earned enough signatures to land on the Nov. 6 ballot earlier this week.

On top of the $1 million reported to the state on Thursday, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist gave "Citizens for Cal 3," an independent expenditure committee formed to back the measure, $220,000 in April. Draper spent nearly $560,0000 on legal and consulting work related to the proposal last year.

If history is any indicator, don't expect the founder and managing partner of Draper Associates to cut off the money supply any time soon. Draper previously spent $5 million to unsuccessfully place a measure on the 2014 ballot to carve California into six states.

A spokeswoman for the Cal 3 campaign on Wednesday declined to say how much Draper planned to spend on the ballot initiative this time around.

Draper's biography on his firm's website lists Skype, Tesla and Hotmail as his "venture successes," among others.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 13, 2018 said he doesn't support an initiative to split the state in to three, even though it's sponsored by an "old fried" of Newsom's, venture capitalist Tim Draper.

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