John Kruger is the man behind Prov 3:9 LLC, the elusive corporation that donated $500,000 to the campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, an officer for the company said Tuesday in a statement to KQED News.…
The news comes a day after Ann Ravel, a Democrat and formerly California’s chief elections watchdog, called on state ethics leaders to launch an investigation into the company for its donation.
Kruger’s donation represents the biggest contribution to the recall effort. Without significant funding, supporters won’t be able to collect the 1.6 million signatures needed to put a recall on the ballot. Late last year, a judge gave the recall campaign an extension to collect the signatures by March.
According to state records, Kruger, an investor, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various state campaigns over the past several years. He is a registered Republican, and most recently, in October donated $100,000 to the California Republican Party, according to state records.
Federal filings show he has also donated thousands of dollars to Republican congressional candidates from Michigan, North Carolina, and Arizona. In 2019, he donated $2,800 to South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign.