You better believe those donations are tax deductions passed along to everybody else not to mention the salaries and pensions those government scientists get:
Brown's office said government scientists and staff will work on the project, but that no state money will be spent directly developing the satellite. Private donations are being made by San Francisco investment banker Richard Lawrence and his wife Dee Lawrence along with the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust.
Gov. 'Moonbeam' says California to launch climate satellite
September 15, 2018