A group, Rescue California, is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a recall election against California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The California Republican Party announced Saturday it is giving $125,000 to the campaign aimed at recalling Newsom. The cash infusion comes at a critical time as recall organizers attempt to collect the necessary 1.5 million valid petition signatures by mid-March. Without those signatures attempts to recall the democratic governor will fail.
The funds were donated to Rescue California, a California political committees working to oust Newsom, who is facing scrutiny for his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom has pushed back, saying the criticism is largely driven by misguided efforts by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump.
Organizers say they have collected north of 1.5 million signatures, although a large percent of signatures are eventually deemed invalid, resulting in a need to collect far more than the required number. The campaign has said it is aiming for just under 2 million by the state deadline date.
“We expect to collect another 400,000 signatures,” Rescue California campaign manager Anne Dunsmore said in a statement. With the six-figure donation, “we added a substantial line item to our budget.”
The contribution “will guarantee that we bring in enough additional signatures to hold Gavin Newsom accountable,” she added.