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The Silicon Valley investor proposing to carve California into six states has parked a chunk of his money behind the nascent effort.

Tim Draper, a Republican venture capitalist, donated $750,000 to his own cause, state records show.

The idea of secession is nothing new given the size, population and diversity of California. There have been dozens of proposals to split the state in various fashions - from east to west, north to south, and any number of other ways.

Draper's Six Californias include a northern state of Jefferson, North California, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California and South California.

At a news conference Monday, Draper insisted his proposal was no stunt, but said he has not decided whether to shoot for the November ballot or aim to qualify the initiative for 2016. He previously spent $20 million on an unsuccessful school voucher measure in 2000.

In his latest initiative, Draper argues political representation of the state's diverse population and economies has rendered it "nearly ungovernable."

What's more, vast parts are poorly served by a representative government "dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically," he wrote in the summary.

Draper must collect 807,615 signatures by July 18. If approved by voters, the proposal would then need an OK from Congress.

PHOTO: Image from, a website for the effort proposing to split California into six states.


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