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Recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom gets GOP's financial backing

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 14:12:55-05

(KGTV) — California's Republican Party is tossing $125,000 into the recall campaign aimed at replacing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The injection of cash comes as organizers say they've gathered the needed 1.5 million signatures to qualify for a recall election. The funds will reportedly go toward hiring workers to continue gathering signatures.

According to the Associated Press, the funds were donated to Rescue California, one of many political committees behind the recall effort. The donation comes on the heels of a $250,000 donation by the Republican National Committee to the campaign, according to Politico.


Organizers for "Recall Gavin 2020" said last week that signatures need to be verified, but once they are, a recall election could come sometime over the summer.

At last report by the California Secretary of State's Office on Jan. 27, the effort had 410,087 valid signatures out of 723,886 signatures received.

Recall adviser Randy Economy says interest in the campaign is higher since it was revealed Newsom dined with friends at an opulent restaurant while telling state residents to stay home and not socialize, as well as word from the White House that President Joe Biden was against the effort.


So far, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox have emerged as Republican frontrunners to challenge Newsom should a recall election happen.

Newsom's political advisers have called the effort a misguided effort by supporters of former President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.