In summary

Keep track of who is giving money in the Gavin Newsom recall campaign and where it’s coming from in this dashboard, which will be updated daily.

The forecast for this summer is hot, with high wildfire risk and a fever-pitch campaign to determine the political fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The fight to recall Newsom has already consumed state politics, with the governor in campaign mode since March and both sides reporting millions of dollars in the bank. The recall date has been set for Sept. 14. It will be the second major election in as many years and a third is on the way in 2022.

For recall backers, money and grassroots support will be critical in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.

We’ll be following the money, updating this page daily with data from the Secretary of State. As always, let us know what questions you have about the cash funding this wild ride of an election.

How much money has each side raised?

Where is the money coming from?

Who is giving the money?

Unlike contributions to candidates, there are no limits on how much donors can give to the recall committees. Here are the top ten contributors to each side.

How much have the challengers raised?

John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018, has raised the most by far: more than $5.2 million. That includes a $5 million contribution from himself.

Unlike the campaign defending Newsom against the recall, the candidates are under the usual limits of $32,400 from any single contributor. Still, nine candidate committees registered for the 2021 election have reported donations exceeding $100,000.

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Methodology

The data is updated daily from the California Secretary of State’s Cal-Access database.

We add itemized and unitemized contributions to get the total raised by each side, though we only use itemized contributions for the by-state analysis as contributor information is not reported for unitemized contributions.

We ignore contributions between committees that are on the same side of the issue, as they are essentially transfers.

To avoid double-counting some contributions from Patriot Coalition USA and Rescue California, two pro-recall committees, we are ignoring non-monetary contributions made to Patriot Coalition. This is because money raised by Rescue California that was earmarked for principal committee activities, such as signature gathering, must be reported by both committees.

This tracker includes committees formed by candidates specifically for the recall. We’re currently tracking the following ballot measure and candidate committees:

FPPC IDName
1424018 CALIFORNIA PATRIOT COALITION – RECALL GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM
1434853 RESCUE CALIFORNIA – TO SUPPORT THE RECALL OF GAVIN NEWSOM
1435892CAREGIVERS AND CALIFORNIANS UNITED AGAINST THE RECALL OF GOVERNOR NEWSOM, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS
1436851STOP THE REPUBLICAN RECALL OF GOVERNOR NEWSOM
1437098RECALL NEWSOM! REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION ACTION
1437408STOP THE STEAL CALIFORNIA, OPPOSING THE RECALL OF GAVIN NEWSOM
1437864CLEAN UP CALIFORNIA, KEVIN FAULCONER’S BALLOT MEASURE COMMITTEE TO RECALL GAVIN NEWSOM
The ballot measure committees registered with the California FPPC that we consider to be involved in the recall.
FPPC IDCandidate
1437948CAITLYN JENNER
1437862DOUG OSE
1438363JENNY RAE LE ROUX
1437701JOHN COX
1435473 KEVIN FAULCONER
1439275KEVIN KILEY
1438297KEVIN PAFFRATH
1439386LARRY ELDER
1439414TED GAINES
The candidate committees registered with the California FPPC that have reported raising over $100,000.

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Jeremia Kimelman

Jeremia is a data journalist who uses code and data to make policy and politicians easier to understand. He was previously a graphics editor at the COVID Tracking Project and a data journalist at NBC News...