There are paid signature gatherers, who are charging the governor's campaign up to three dollars a signature. And then, there are folks like Robert Wachman. He's a semi-retired community college professor in Yuba City, and after a friend emailed him a petition for Brown's tax measure, he printed it out and took it to work. Wachman says he got about 20 signatures…
Wachman: "It was a pretty easy sell. I don't think very many people even read the statement on the petition. They just went ahead and filled it out."
…though not everyone said yes.
Wachman: "There's one guy I remember in particular - and he said no, I think we need to do a better job managing the money we already have."
The California Democratic Party is conducting its own effort - complete with robocalls and mailed petitions. The governor's campaign says it's a bit more than halfway to its goal of 1.2 million signatures, which it plans to submit in the next couple of weeks.