Newsom got bid donations from companies who benefited from shutdown

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JEFF CHIU/ASSOCIATED PRESS/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10674978g) California Governorn Gavin Newsom wears a protective mask on his face while speaking to reporters at Miss Ollie's restaurant amid the coronavirus pandemic in Oakland, California, USA, 09 June 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom visits Oakland restaurant amid coronavirus pandemic, USA - 09 Jun 2020

Facebook, Google and Blue Shield of California are among the companies that contributed $226 million to government causes on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s behalf last year, an unprecedented level of spending that is raising alarms about the influence large corporations are amassing in Sacramento.

State records reviewed by The Times show that so-called “behested payments” surged in 2020 compared with the year prior, when companies gifted $12.1 million on Newsom’s behalf. The governor’s haul last year during the COVID-19 pandemic was six times as much as that reported by the preceding governor, Jerry Brown, during his final eight years in office combined.

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