In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2008, Charles Munger Jr. of Santa Clara, a major donor to Proposition 32 on the California ballot is seen at the California Republican Party convention in San Francisco.  Munger, the son of wealthy investor Charles Munger Sr., is on the opposite side of the political isle as her half sister, Molly Munger, a wealthy civil rights attorney  who is major donor behind Proposition 38, which increase taxes for education. Both Mungers have spent millions in this election year to transform California's political landscape.  (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Brian Baer)

Charles Munger, shown in 2008, is supporting GOP candidate Neel Kashkari’s bid for California governor. (Brian Baer / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
May 28, 2014

With a week to go before the primary, a glossy new mailer funded by GOP establishment forces began hitting mailboxes, trying to boost Neel Kashkari’s gubernatorial bid by telling voters about Republican rival Tim Donnelly’s criminal past.

The headline on the four-page flier, funded by a group formed by billionaire Charles Munger Jr., blares in large type, “An Urgent Warning from Gov. Pete Wilson about Candidate Tim Donnelly!”

The mailer notes that Donnelly is on probation for taking a loaded gun to Ontario Airport. Donnelly has said that he didn’t realize the weapon was in his carry-on bag. The incident, along with other controversies, prompted former Gov. Wilson to argue that Donnelly is unfit for elected office.

The flier also cites scathing comments by Rep. Darrell Issa about statements Donnelly made trying to tie Kashkari, a Hindu of Indian descent, to fundamentalist Islamic law. On the final page, the flier highlights Kashkari’s support from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

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