From The Business Journals
By Kent Hoover
June 1, 2016
The founder of a California tomato processing company will bankroll a Super PAC supporting Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president.
Rufer, who is president of Woodland, Calif.-based Morning Star, said he will will give at least $1 million to a Super PAC backing Johnson, but he hasn’t identified which group will get it. Possibilities include Purple PAC, a super PAC run by Cato Institute founder Ed Crane, and Free the People, an outside group run by Matt Kibbe, who had been a Rand Paul supporter.
A well-funded Super PAC could make Johnson more of a player in this year’s presidential election. He got only 1 percent of the popular vote as the Libertarian Party’s nominee in 2012. But a new Quinnipiac University pollfound that he’s got 5 percent support this year. (Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 40 percent to 38 percent, with Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 percent.) Other polls have put support for Johnson as high as 10 percent.
Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, tapped former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as his running mate, in a bid to show that he’s a serious candidate. He hopes to convince voters who don’t like Clinton or Trump that he’s a viable alternative.