Effort to apportion California’s electoral votes raises $540,000 | SierraSun.com

Effort to apportion California’s electoral votes raises $540,000

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” Republican donors have given about $540,000 to help qualify a ballot measure that could give the 2008 GOP presidential candidate a bounty of electoral votes from California.

The group needs to gather about 650,000 valid signatures by the end of the month to qualify the measure for the June ballot. That effort will take at least $2 million, according to David Gilliard, who is managing the campaign.

Gilliard said the campaign has less because it has been raising money for just 10 days.

“A lot of the people on there are capable of contributing quite a bit more,” he said. “They’re also the types that are able to attract others.”

Darrell Issa, a wealthy Republican congressman from the San Diego area, gave $50,000, according to the fundraising report filed Tuesday with the secretary of state’s office.

Floyd Kvamme, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is supporting Rudy Giuliani for president, also gave $50,000. Jerrold Perenchio, the former head of Univision, gave the same amount.

Currently, California gives all 55 of its Electoral College votes to the statewide winner in the presidential race.

The proposal would change that so the statewide winner received two electoral votes and the rest were apportioned to the winner of each of the state’s 53 congressional districts.

If such a system had been in place in 2004, President Bush would have received 22 of California’s electoral votes, and Democrat John Kerry, the statewide winner, would have received the rest.

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