Santa Cruz's Reed Hastings gave $8.5 million over the past 11 years mostly to educational campaigns, but also to Democratic candidates.
The founder of Netflix in Los Gatos was the 7th biggest "Rainmaker" in the state's elections over the past decade according to a study done by California Watch and the Bay Citizen.
The study found that a group of 100 donors has contributed $1.25 billion to influence voters, mostly for Democrats and Democratic causes. The top 100 donors supplied about a third of the $3.6 billion spent on campaigns since 2001.
Not surprisingly, corporate and special interest donors skewed Democratic, in a state governed largely by Democrats, while wealthy individuals favored Republicans.
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