Reed Hastings, Santa Cruz, CA
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$2,013,080 to winners, $6,073,024 to losers
Reed Hastings is best known as the co-founder of Netflix, the DVD rental company based in the Bay Area. Before that, he co-founded Pure Software, which he sold for $750 million in 1997. He has been active in California politics, giving substantial amounts to education-related ballot measures and candidates who share his views. He is a founding member of NewSchools.org, Aspire Public Schools, Pacific Collegiate School and EdVoice.net. He served as president of the California State Board of Education under former Gov. Gray Davis. In 2000, he joined Davis and the California Teachers Association in advocating passage of Proposition 39, which reduced the majority vote needed to pass school construction bonds.
Total contributions: $8,506,895
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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