MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN: Netflix's Reed Hastings Gives $3M to Oppose Recall Newsom

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In another puff piece by POLITICO touting Gavin Newsom’s well-heeled champions, his press cheerleaders once again try to throw cold water on the raging fire that is the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign. I love this recent tweet by California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a staunch ally of the Recall:

Enter kerosene supplier Reed Hastings. You remember Reed: He is the founder and co-CEO of Netflix, who justifies trafficking in pedophilia by promoting the movie Cuties on his streaming platform. Reed’s wife, Patricia Quillen, gave major money and support to California’s Yes on Prop 16 campaign, which sought to bring back race-based preferences to government and education.

Enabling racism under the guise of equity and fairness? So on brand for this bunch.

Netflix, Hastings, et. al, were widely protested and panned back in 2020. While Cuties is still resident on the platform, Netflix lost memberships bigly:

“Cuties” turned out to be ugly for Netflix.

The streaming service has watched subscription cancellations skyrocket by 800% after the French coming-of-age film triggered a boycott in early September, analyses show. Within two days of the movie’s premiere, #CancelNetflix became the top trending topic on Twitter and a petition on Change.org garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures.

And Yes on Prop 16 was decimated, with the NO on Prop 16 proponents winning 57.2 percent of the vote. In a scathing statement, a co-chair of the NO on Prop 16 campaign said about the Hastings family support of the prop:

“Quillin’s contribution to Prop 16 is disgusting,” said Betty Chu, honorary co-chair of the NO on Prop 16 Campaign and the first Chinese American woman to co-found and run a bank. “Netflix wealth is now supporting an initiative that seeks to restore state-sponsored, racial discrimination in California. We call on all of our supporters and fair-minded Americans to cancel their Netflix subscription and protest against the company.”

Hastings has been promoting a new book that touts his company’s “No Rules Rules” policy. Ironically, he has no problems with setting rules to propagate racial discrimination for millions of California citizens.

Hastings continues his quest to control who runs California with a hefty contribution to Stop the Republican Recall of Gavin Newsom:

Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings is spending $3 million to shield Gov. Gavin Newsom from a recall vote in a demonstration of the enormous sums Newsom’s allies could marshal in his defense, according to a state filing today.

The massive outlay makes Hastings by far the largest donor to Newsom’s recall campaign. Under California rules, Newsom can raise unlimited sums to fend off a recall effort that will likely land before voters in the fall, while other gubernatorial candidates are subject to campaign limits of $32,400 per election in their direct accounts. That’s because the law treats Newsom’s fight against the recall as a ballot issue rather than a candidacy.

I can almost hear the POLITICO article writer Jeremy B. White hyperventilating as he types:

That lack of limits, combined with California’s overwhelmingly Democratic lean, has had Newsom allies and Republican rivals predicting the Democratic governor would eclipse the field in fundraising. The money from Hastings demonstrates that Newsom can tap into a formidable fundraising network that includes the tech industry, where Newsom retains deep ties reaching back to his days as mayor of San Francisco.

Part of the goals in pointing out the big spenders funding the anti-Recall efforts are: 1) required transparency, and 2) intimidating the proponents of the Recall.

But this exposure works both ways. Part of the goals of Recall proponents is to promote these big spenders and all the pies they have their fingers in. Think of Stewart and Lynda Resnick of the Wonderful Company. Personally, I have steered clear of buying any of their products because of their voluminous beneficence of Governor Hair Gel, and they are on the radar for exposure of their other questionable enterprises, like buying controlling interests in Kern County water utilities, where they have their agricultural enterprises.

Just like the campaign against Netflix’s Cuties cost Hastings millions of dollars in subscriptions and bad publicity, and Hastings wife’s support of the Yes on Prop 16 blew up in their faces, his, and others financial support of His Hairfulness will not end well.

So Hastings and his ilk can continue down this path of throwing money down the drain.  Newsom is a corrupt dilettante at the sunset of his political life, and our job is to ensure he sets, and doesn’t rise again. They can pour all the money they want into it; the odds, and voter sentiment, are in our favor.