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'''Charles T. Munger, Jr.''' is an occasional activist in California ballot proposition politics, including in 2010, when he is sponsoring the [[California Congressional Redistricting Initiative (2010)]], after having supported [[California Proposition 11 (2008)]].
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{{tnr}}'''Charles T. Munger, Jr.''' is an occasional activist in California ballot proposition politics, including in 2010, when he successfully sponsored  [[California Proposition 20, Congressional Redistricting (2010)|Proposition 20]], after having supported [[California Proposition 11, Creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (2008)|Proposition 11 in 2008]].
  
Munger is an experimental physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.<ref name=letter>[http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/4th-meeting/presentations/munger-charles.pdf Letter from Charles Munger to National Mathematics Panel]</ref>  He has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/12/style/charlotte-a-lowell-wed-to-charles-t-munger-jr.html?pagewanted=1 ''New York Times'', "Charlotte A. Lowell Wed To Charles T. Munger Jr.", February 12, 2010]</ref>
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Munger is an experimental physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.<ref name=letter>[http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/4th-meeting/presentations/munger-charles.pdf Letter from Charles Munger to National Mathematics Panel]</ref>  He has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/12/style/charlotte-a-lowell-wed-to-charles-t-munger-jr.html?pagewanted=1 ''New York Times'', "Charlotte A. Lowell Wed To Charles T. Munger Jr.," February 12, 2010]</ref>
  
 
In 2006, Munger was a member of California's Curriculum Commission, an advisory commission of the California State Board of Education.<ref name=letter/>
 
In 2006, Munger was a member of California's Curriculum Commission, an advisory commission of the California State Board of Education.<ref name=letter/>
  
Munger's father is the vice-chairman of [[wikipedia:Berkshire Hathaway|Berkshire Hathaway]].<ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/2010/01/munger-jr-chips.html ''Sacramento Bee'', "Prop 11 backer pours more cash into a new redistricting push", January 13, 2010]</ref>
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Munger married Charlotte Lowell in 1989.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lowell is an attorney with the law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. 
  
==Ballot measures==
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Munger is one of eight children of Charles Munger, the billionaire vice-chairman of [[wikipedia:Berkshire Hathaway|Berkshire Hathaway]].<ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/2010/01/munger-jr-chips.html ''Sacramento Bee'', "Prop 11 backer pours more cash into a new redistricting push," January 13, 2010]</ref> 
  
Ballot measure campaigns Munger has been involved in include:
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==Redistricting reform==
  
* [[California Proposition 60 (2004)]].  He gave $200,000 to the "No on 60" side of this ballot proposition.
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Munger contributed $12,157,441 to [[California Proposition 20, Congressional Redistricting (2010)|Proposition 20]]. Susan Shafer, a spokesperson for the Proposition 20 campaign, said, "He’s a physicist by trade, but he’s extremely interested in this issue."<ref>[http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/wealthy-donors-passion-project-redistricting-will-voters-care-5747 ''California Watch'', "Wealthy donor's passion project is redistricting - but will voters care?," October 17, 2010]</ref> 
* [[California Proposition 93 (2008)]]. He gave $100,000 to the "No on 93" side.
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Munger told a reporter for the ''New York Times'', "I would’ve been very welcome in Republican circles if I decided to go chuck 10 million in a bunch of races up and down the state to fight for Republican control of Congress. It isn’t a worthy ambition compared to doing this."<ref name=nyt>[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/08bcredistrict.html?_r=1 ''New York Times'', "Tackling Redistricting With Money and Zeal," October 7, 2010]</ref>
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He also said, "I’m doing this to try to ensure voters have fair districts where representatives will compete for offices. Elected politicians are picking the voters, voters aren’t picking their representatives."<ref>[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-15/berkshire-billionaire-munger-s-son-battles-soros-on-california-initiative.html ''Bloomberg'', "Berkshire Billionaire's Son Battles Soros on California Ballot," October 15, 2010]</ref>
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Alice Huffman, the president of the California N.A.A.C.P., said, "You know I’m hard pressed to agree with what a Republican says. But it’s plain wrong to say just because he’s a Republican, he’s doing something bad. This man is a do-gooder, plain and simple."<ref name=nyt/>
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Munger's interest in redistricting is said to date to his experience in 2004 as a campaign volunteer for [[Steve Poizner|Steve Poizner's campaign for State Assembly]]. Munger started out "attaching addresses to envelopes."<ref name=nyt/>  Luis Buhler, who ran the campaign, said that Poizner's loss was "a formative experience" for Munger: "He saw in that race that the way that district was drawn prevented the election of a man he thought was much better qualified. That was really the first time he realized how it all worked."<ref name=nyt/>
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==Political giving==
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In 2012, Munger has given $28,987,452 to the [[Small Business Action Committee]]. The [[Small Business Action Committee]], in turn, is opposing [[California Proposition 30, Sales and Income Tax Increase (2012)|Proposition 30]] and supporting [[California Proposition 32, the "Paycheck Protection" Initiative (2012)|Proposition 32]]. Munger has also given funds directly to both campaigns.
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His donations have attracted national attention.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/wealthy-siblings-with-divergent-views-emerge-as-big-spending-forces-in-california-politics/2012/10/26/d848572c-1fd0-11e2-8817-41b9a7aaabc7_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Wealthy siblings with divergent views emerge as big-spending forces in California politics," October 26, 2012]</ref>
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====Pre-2012====
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* [[California Proposition 20, Congressional Redistricting (2010)]].  $12,157,441 to the "yes" side, which won.
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* [[California Proposition 11, Creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (2008)|California Proposition 11 (2008)]]. He gave $1.3 million to the "yes" side, which won.
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* [[California Proposition 93, Amendment to Term Limits Law (February 2008)|California Proposition 93 (2008)]].  He gave $150,000 to the "No on 93" side, which won.
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* [[California Proposition 77, Rules Governing Legislative Redistricting (2005)|California Proposition 77 (2005)]]. He gave $100,000 to the "yes" side, which lost.
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* [[California Proposition 60, Political Party Election Rights Act (2004)|California Proposition 60 (2004)]].  He gave $200,000 to the "No on 60" side of this ballot proposition.
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From 2005-2009, Munger contributed $5.7 million to political campaigns.<ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2010/04/18/2685019/donors-give-millions-hide-their.html ''Sacramento Bee'', "Donors give millions, hide their motives," April 18, 2010]</ref>
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==Personal==
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Munger is the brother of [[Molly Munger]], an attorney in Pasadena, who is leading the charge on [[California Proposition 38, State Income Tax Increase to Support Education (2012)|Proposition 38]], which would raise taxes to provide additional money to the state's public school districts.<ref name=relatives>[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/12/molly-munger-changes-california-tax-ballot-initiative-jerry-brown.html ''Sacramento Bee'', "Molly Munger changes tax initiative to address budget deficit," December 23, 2011]</ref> Molly Munger has contributed over $44 million to promote Proposition 38.<ref name=molly>[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/02/molly-munger-p.html ''Capitol Alert'', "Molly Munger pledges to put her money into qualifying tax hike," February 6, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.pasadenasun.com/news/tn-pas-0203-public-school-funding,0,3107011.story ''Pasadena Sun'', "Pasadena attorney rethinks public school funding," February 1, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 07:28, 18 March 2014

Charles T. Munger, Jr. is an occasional activist in California ballot proposition politics, including in 2010, when he successfully sponsored Proposition 20, after having supported Proposition 11 in 2008.

Munger is an experimental physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.[1] He has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.[2]

In 2006, Munger was a member of California's Curriculum Commission, an advisory commission of the California State Board of Education.[1]

Munger married Charlotte Lowell in 1989. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lowell is an attorney with the law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

Munger is one of eight children of Charles Munger, the billionaire vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.[3]

Redistricting reform

Munger contributed $12,157,441 to Proposition 20. Susan Shafer, a spokesperson for the Proposition 20 campaign, said, "He’s a physicist by trade, but he’s extremely interested in this issue."[4]

Munger told a reporter for the New York Times, "I would’ve been very welcome in Republican circles if I decided to go chuck 10 million in a bunch of races up and down the state to fight for Republican control of Congress. It isn’t a worthy ambition compared to doing this."[5]

He also said, "I’m doing this to try to ensure voters have fair districts where representatives will compete for offices. Elected politicians are picking the voters, voters aren’t picking their representatives."[6]

Alice Huffman, the president of the California N.A.A.C.P., said, "You know I’m hard pressed to agree with what a Republican says. But it’s plain wrong to say just because he’s a Republican, he’s doing something bad. This man is a do-gooder, plain and simple."[5]

Munger's interest in redistricting is said to date to his experience in 2004 as a campaign volunteer for Steve Poizner's campaign for State Assembly. Munger started out "attaching addresses to envelopes."[5] Luis Buhler, who ran the campaign, said that Poizner's loss was "a formative experience" for Munger: "He saw in that race that the way that district was drawn prevented the election of a man he thought was much better qualified. That was really the first time he realized how it all worked."[5]

Political giving

Ballot measures

2012

In 2012, Munger has given $28,987,452 to the Small Business Action Committee. The Small Business Action Committee, in turn, is opposing Proposition 30 and supporting Proposition 32. Munger has also given funds directly to both campaigns.

His donations have attracted national attention.[7]

Pre-2012

Other

From 2005-2009, Munger contributed $5.7 million to political campaigns.[8]

Personal

Munger is the brother of Molly Munger, an attorney in Pasadena, who is leading the charge on Proposition 38, which would raise taxes to provide additional money to the state's public school districts.[9] Molly Munger has contributed over $44 million to promote Proposition 38.[10][11]

External links

References