Netflix CEO and Founder Donates Over $245,000 to Defelonize Drug Possession in California
Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix, has donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Proposition 47, an initiative being voted on next month in California which would defelonize personal drug possession, in addition to other non-violent crimes such as petty theft.
The contribution (which was $246,664.20 to be exact) is the second highest from an individual donor; only Molly Munger has given more at over $325,447.82. The largest overall contribution comes from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has donated over $3 million. This is according to the most recent campaign finance filings.
Proposition 47, titled the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, would remove felony charges for the personal possession of illegal substances, reducing the sentence to a misdemeanor, unless the person has a history of violent crimes. It would also defelonize other nonviolent offenses including petty theft and check fraud.
According to recent polling, Proposition 47 is favored by 62% of voters in the state, with just 25% opposed.
The initiative was put forth by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne.