California Governor Gavin Newsom has said there is no conflict of interest between his administration and the film work of his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, following a Sacramento Bee report that donors to his nonprofit were also companies that lobbied his administration.
“Absolutely none. There is no correlation. Period. Period, ”Newsom told reporters on Friday.
the Sacramento Bee reported that a non-profit organization founded by Siebel Newsom, The Representation Project, promoted her causes, funded her documentaries, and paid her for her work, but it also received donations from a multitude of companies that have put pressure on the administration or are involved in important regulatory issues before the state. They include PG&E and Kaiser Permanente as well as AT&T and Comcast. The companies have denied that there was a link between their donations and Newsom’s work before the state, but a concern among campaign finance reform advocates has been the practice of donating to charities. aligned with the elect to gain their favor.
“I am incredibly proud of my wife,” Newsom said. “She’s been running a non-profit organization for over a decade, long before I was here in Sacramento. And I’m really proud of the work especially around gender equality, women and girls. “
He said his wife “agrees, certainly going further in terms of disclosures, we certainly expect no less. I expect nothing less.
He said his wife’s work was “inspiring not only here” in the state, but “around the world.” The mission of the Representation Project to change public attitudes towards gender. Some of the documentary projects include Miss Representation, the mask you live in and The great American lie.