Philanthropist Patty Quillin, the wife of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, has donated at least $1.5 million to support efforts to drastically change Los Angeles County’s criminal justice system. The billionaire couple reside hundreds of miles away in Santa Cruz, located about 75 miles south of San Francisco.
According to campaign finance filings, Quillin recently contributed $1 million to a group attempting to replace two-term, incumbent L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey with a more progressive prosecutor. She also dropped another $500,000 in support of a voter referendum (Measure R) that would mandate sweeping changes for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and reduce the jail population. Both contests will appear on the countywide ballot on March 3, also known as Super Tuesday.
Quillin’s million-dollar donation went to an independent expenditure (IE) committee backing former San Francisco D.A. George Gascón. During Gascón’s eight-year prosecutorial tenure in San Francisco, he had the support of New York billionaire George Soros.