If Eli Broad disappointed Gov. Jerry Brown at all when his name appeared to be included in a sloppily redacted list of donors working at cross-purposes with the governor in California's initiative wars last year, he may have begun to make it up to him last week.
The developer and philanthropist donated $54,400, the maximum allowed, to Brown's re-election campaign. The donation was among more than $1 million in contributions Brown reported receiving Thursday, when he attended a fundraiser hosted by movie industry executives in Los Angeles.
Other donors who gave the maximum to Brown included Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the former basketball standout, Flynt Management Group LLC, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt's company, and Norman Pattiz, who founded the radio network Westwood One.
Actors Kirk Douglas and Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black each donated $5,000, according to campaign finance filings.
Brown also reported receiving $54,400 from businessman Milan Panic. Brown once sat on the board of directors of drug manufacturer ICN Biomedicals - now MP Biomedicals - which Panic founded.
Brown has not yet said if he will seek re-election next year, but he is widely expected to run. The third-term Democrat has raised about $14 million for the effort.
Broad, who has donated previously to Brown's campaigns, appeared to be among a list of donors involved in an effort last year to support Proposition 32 - a ballot initiative designed to weaken the political clout of labor unions - and oppose Proposition 30, Brown's successful initiative to raise taxes.
A list of donors showed $500,000 coming from a man named Eli, whose last name was redacted but whose address was listed as being on the 12th floor of a building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, a location matching the location of Broad's foundation office.
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters at a news conference at the Capitol on Sept. 9, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua