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Charles Munger, Jr.
In 2006, Munger was a member of California's Curriculum Commission, an advisory commission of the California State Board of Education.
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 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."
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."
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."
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." 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."
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.
- California Proposition 20, Congressional Redistricting (2010). $12,157,441 to the "yes" side, which won.
- California Proposition 11 (2008). He gave $1.3 million to the "yes" side, which won.
- California Proposition 93 (2008). He gave $150,000 to the "No on 93" side, which won.
- California Proposition 77 (2005). He gave $100,000 to the "yes" side, which lost.
- California Proposition 60 (2004). He gave $200,000 to the "No on 60" side of this ballot proposition.
From 2005-2009, Munger contributed $5.7 million to political campaigns.
Munger is the brother of Molly Munger, an attorney in Pasadena, who is leading the charge on a possible 2012 ballot initiative, the "Our Schools, Our Future" initiative, which would raise taxes to provide additional money to the state's public school districts. Munger has indicated that she is willing to fund the approximately $2 million cost of gathering the signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.,
- Letter from Charles Munger to National Mathematics Panel
- New York Times, "Charlotte A. Lowell Wed To Charles T. Munger Jr.", February 12, 2010
- Sacramento Bee, "Prop 11 backer pours more cash into a new redistricting push", January 13, 2010
- California Watch, "Wealthy donor's passion project is redistricting - but will voters care?", October 17, 2010
- New York Times, "Tackling Redistricting With Money and Zeal", October 7, 2010
- Bloomberg, "Berkshire Billionaire's Son Battles Soros on California Ballot", October 15, 2010
- Washington Post, "Wealthy siblings with divergent views emerge as big-spending forces in California politics", October 26, 2012
- Sacramento Bee, "Donors give millions, hide their motives", April 18, 2010
- Sacramento Bee, "Molly Munger changes tax initiative to address budget deficit", December 23, 2011
- Capitol Alert, "Molly Munger pledges to put her money into qualifying tax hike", February 6, 2012
- Pasadena Sun, "Pasadena attorney rethinks public school funding", February 1, 2012