Track the millions flowing into California’s race for governor

Here’s where things stand as the Nov. 6 election approaches

Who's raised the most?

Democrat Gavin Newsom has amassed a massive money pile since starting his campaign more than three years ago. His total is more than three times that of Republican John Cox.

Gavin Newsom (D) Lieutenant governor
$58.2 million
John Cox (R) Businessman
$16.8 million

Fundraising slowed after the primary

Newsom and Cox have raised about $20 million combined since they triumphed on June 5. That's a stark drop from the massive infusions into candidates' accounts in the weeks before the primary election.

Note: Contributions from small donors, whom committees do not have to identify, are included as lump sums on the day totals were reported. A small number of contributions without a date disclosed have been excluded.

Cox has one major donor

Himself. The businessman, estimated to be worth more than $100 million, kickstarted his longshot campaign with millions from his personal bank account. His giving has continued. After advancing to the general election, Cox sent an additional $700,000 to his campaign.

Cox: $5.7 million
Others: $11.1 million

Where does the money come from?

Newsom has won support from power centers across the state, including Hollywood, Sacramento and his home base of San Francisco. Cox's strongest fundraising comes from his adopted home of San Diego, where he won the vote in June and has pulled in more than $1 million.



Who’s writing the checks?

Here are some of the top donors to each campaign.

Gavin Newsom

Newsom’s donor list includes some of the state's strongest interest groups, as well as famous names from across the country. He also has the most money from small donors, whose identities are not disclosed.

California Teachers Assn.

Powerful force in California politics that advocates for teachers in public schools and colleges


Blue Shield of California

San Francisco-based health insurer. Has also backed anti-Chiang outside group.


Stewart and Lynda Resnick

Billionaire couple behind Fiji Water and POM Wonderful juice. Have given to both Newsom and Villaraigosa.


Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

Former CEO of Yahoo and her husband, a Silicon Valley investor


Laurene Powell Jobs

Widow of Steve Jobs and founder of Emerson Collective, an organization supporting education, immigration reform and social justice


Andrew Hauptman

Chairman of private investment firm Andell Inc.


Peter Thiel

Venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder who supported Republican Donald Trump in 2016 presidential election


George Soros

Chairman of an investment management firm and philanthropist. Leading benefactor of Democratic candidates.


Bill Maher

Entertainer and host of HBO's "Real Time," who has encouraged Newsom to run for president in 2020


Marshawn Lynch

NFL running back, currently with the Oakland Raiders


John Cox

Cox's donor list, headed by himself, is much shorter.

John Cox

The candidate has largely drawn on his own checkbook to fund his campaign.


Geoff Palmer

Real estate developer with multiple apartment complexes in Downtown L.A. One of the top donors to President Trump.


Melba Jean and Floyd Kvamme

Founder of Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center, a therapeutic horseback riding center in Santa Cruz, and her husband


Professional Financial Investors, Inc.

Property investment and management firm in Marin and Sonoma counties


Thomas and Carolyn Dauterman

Owner of Thomas Manufacturing, a manufacturer of nut harvesting equipment in Chico, and his wife


Humberto Lopez

President of HSL Properties Inc., which owns and operates apartment communities in Arizona


Sources: California secretary of state, California Civic Data Coalition, Mapzen, Times analysis

About the data: Totals on this page include all contributions made to the candidates’ gubernatorial committees and other groups working on a candidate’s behalf. The records are drawn from two sources: first, periodic disclosure reports filed with the California secretary of state, which cover donations through June 30, 2018; second, reports of donations greater than $5,000 since then, which must be disclosed soon after they are received. This page was originally published Aug. 6, 2018 and will be updated as the campaign progresses.

Credits: Photo editing by Andrea Roberson, development by Ben Welsh and Andrew Briz, classification algorithm by Anthony Pesce