NEWS: Donors seek Gov. Brown’s favor with big contributions to his pet causes

Casinos, telecom industry giants, oil interests and other well-funded groups — many with business before the governor — have contributed $1.6 million this year alone at Brown’s behest to two charter schools the former Oakland mayor founded: the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts. Those behested payments were among 350 donations worth $3 million that were made at the request of state politicians so far this year, according to the latest data from the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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