Companies That Donated To Gov. Gavin Newsom To Help With Coronavirus Were Rewarded With No-Bid State Contracts

Companies That Donated To Gov. Gavin Newsom To Help With Coronavirus Were Rewarded With No-Bid State Contracts


Individuals and businesses who made donations at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) request were rewarded with state contracts.

The requests are known as “behested payments,” donations made to organizations at the request of a politician. In California, Newsom rewarded those who made donations at his request with lucrative state contracts. Reason reported this week that the behested payments “were a record-setting haul eclipsing all prior donations on record by nearly $100 million.”

“While most donations supported COVID-19 relief efforts, a closer look suggests Newsom’s fundraising was supercharged not just by the pandemic, but also by the broad emergency powers the Democratic governor has assumed because of it,” the outlet continued.

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For example, Newsom raised $45 million last year from insurance companies Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente toward his housing initiative, Project Homekey. Newsom appointed Paul Markovich, Blue Shield’s CEO, to co-chair the governor’s COVID-19 testing task force. In addition, Blue Shield, with some help from Kaiser Permanente, were

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