David Fennell

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David Fennell
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Lieutenant Governor of California
Former Candidate
Bachelor'sSanta Clara University (1991)
Master'sUniversity of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim
OtherBeijing Language Institute
Place of birthSan Mateo Bay, California
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Venture Capitalist
Personal website
Campaign website
David Fennell was a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California in the 2014 elections.[1]

His campaign platform centers on fighting fraud and corruption in California business and politics.[2]

Fennell is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley.[3][2]


Fennell was raised in the beach and farming community of Half Moon Bay, California, in San Mateo County. Fennell became familiar with early computer technologies and the internet thanks to his father's job at XEROX PARC, in Silicon Valley. Fennell would work there with his father during summer breaks. He entered Santa Clara University as a science and engineering major, but ultimately shifted his focus to Science in Commerce and received a Marketing degree in 1991, citing the inspiration of Steve Jobs.[2]

After graduating from college, Fennell spent two years working in Silicon Valley for a Sunnydale-based Aerospace company that produced components for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter. He left this job to study Chinese at the Beijing Language Institute in China. Fennell returned to the United States and earned a Masters in Asian Studies from the University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim.

The founder of multiple technology companies, Fennell describes his experiences of the California business world in terms of disenchantment and disappointment; Since 2008, Fennell has blown the whistle to the FBI, FDIC and DOE regarding fraud and other corruption he witnessed in his home-town of San Mateo County and by statewide organizations. As noted in his campaign biography, information Fennell provided to law enforcement and lawyers contributed to the exposure of the American Sterling Bank's laundering collusion with the California Republican Party, as well as the DotCom Green Energy fraud and the United Commercial Bank TARP Fraud.[2]


  • Bachelor degree in Marketing, Science in Commerce Concentration - Santa Clara University (1991)
  • Beijing Language Institute in China
  • Master degree in Asian Studies - University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim



See also: California Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Fennell ran for Lieutenant Governor of California. Fennell sought nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[4] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Lieutenant Governor of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Eric Korevaar 5.6% 232,596
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGavin Newsom Incumbent 49.9% 2,082,902
     Republican David Fennell 8.6% 357,242
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Nehring 23.4% 976,128
     Republican George Yang 8% 333,857
     Green Jena Goodman 2.4% 98,338
     Peace and Freedom Amos Johnson 0.9% 39,675
     Americans Elect Alan Reynolds 1.3% 56,027
Total Votes 4,176,765
Election Results California Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Fennell's campaign is focused primarily on reducing the incidence of fraud and corruption in California business and politics. In addition to fighting political and business corruption, he listed the following four issue priorities on his 2014 official campaign website:

  • "Ending Crony Capitalism"
  • "Helping Citizens Advocate State Bureaucracies"
  • "Stopping the Unfunded Pension Time Bomb"
  • "Promoting and Protecting Businesses to Create Jobs"

Campaign media

Stopping Fraud in California Pt. 3 - Posted to YouTube 5/26/2014

Stopping Fraud in California Pt. 4 - Posted to YouTube 5/26/2014

Stopping Fraud in California Pt. 5 - Posted to YouTube 5/26/2014

Vote Dave Fennell for California Lieutenant Governor 2014 - Posted to YouTube 5/11/2014

Stopping Fraud in California Pt. 1 - Posted to YouTube 5/21/2014

Stopping Fraud in California Pt. 2 - Posted to YouTube 5/26/2014

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