Caitlyn Jenner Pays Film Crews to Shoot Political Campaign, May Sell Footage as Reality TV

Caitlyn Jenner is employing film crews to document her time on the campaign trail as she runs to defeat California Governor Gavin Newsom in the state's upcoming recall election, sparking speculation that she may later use the footage for a reality-TV series or documentary.

Jenner is funding the film crews herself, according to Politico Playbook, which was the first to report on the camera crews accompanying Jenner on campaign stops like the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Jenner does not currently have a deal in place for use of the footage after the recall election is over, a campaign spokesperson said in a statement shared with Politico Playbook, The Hollywood Reporter and Business Insider.

Newsweek reached out to Jenner's campaign for comment and will update this story with any response.

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A film crew is documenting Caitlyn Jenner's California gubernatorial campaign, sparking speculation about her potential return to reality television. Above, Jenner speaks at the Women's March LA: Women Rising on January 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

If Jenner does decide to put the footage from her campaign to use in a television or film project, she would be one of many to take that step. Several politicians have been featured in video projects documenting their time on the campaign trail. A few examples are New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 2018 congressional campaign in Knock Down the House, former President George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign in Journeys With George and former President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign in By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.

For now, Jenner is expected to continue campaigning over the two remaining months before California's recall election on September 14. Shortly after the Republican added her name to the list of recall candidates in late April, a mid-May poll by the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies found she was polling at an estimated 6 percent. By contrast, Republicans John Cox, who ran for governor against Newsom in 2018, and Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, were both polling at 22 percent.

As the clock ticks down to the recall election, Jenner, like many of the other recall candidates vying to unseat Newsom, has frequently criticized the Democrat over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and other hot button issues such as the state's increasing homeless population and high wildfire risks.

Though this is the first recall effort to make it onto a ballot since former California Governor Gray Davis was recalled in 2003, polls conducted earlier this year suggest a majority of the state's residents do not want Newsom removed from office before his term ends next year.