Spotlight on California

MapLight research on the influence of money and politics in California.

Governor playing key role in two California ballot battles

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October 21, 2016 - California Governor Jerry Brown isn't on the November ballot, but he’s playing a key role in two state initiative campaigns.

Soda Tax Ballot Battles Bubble Over With Super-Sized Contributions

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Ballot measure contributions hit 15-year high

October 19, 2016 -- Contributions to California’s 17 ballot measures have topped $379 million -- the most money raised for ballot races in a single election since 2001, according to a MapLight analysis.

Individuals Spend Big in Initiative Battles

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October 10, 2016 - Typically, large organizations like corporations, unions and political parties are responsible for the largest contributions in political campaigns; individuals generally contribute less. In the 2016 election cycle in California, however, a few individuals are making a huge financial impact.

Plastic bag makers spend to defeat one measure, pass another

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September 29, 2016 - Plastic bag and other plastics makers have given more than $6 million to the campaign aimed at preventing a plastic bag ban in California, a MapLight analysis has found. Four plastic bag manufacturers -- each based outside of California -- have provided 97 percent of contributions to the American Plastic Bag Alliance (APBA), the sole committee working to defeat Proposition 67.