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Netflix CEO drops $400,000 into school superintendent race

October 22, 2010 |  1:26 pm

Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings, a former member of the state board of education, has opened up his wallet to help Larry Aceves in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.

Hastings contributed $400,000 to an independent committee to promote Aceves in the closing days of the campaign. The nonpartisan race features two Democrats -- Aceves, a former school superintendent, and Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch).

Torlakson's campaign has been buoyed by millions of dollars in contributions from teachers unions. Aceves was the top vote-getter in a primary that also features Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles).

Hastings backed Romero in the primary, but she finished third in a crowded field.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento