Spotlight on California

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

California Ballot Measure Fundraising

September 20, 2016 - A new MapLight analysis of contributions to California ballot measures found that more than $300 million has been raised in campaigns over 17 measures on the November ballot.  

The money behind the battle over raising California’s cigarette tax



September 14, 2016 -- Tobacco companies have given nearly $56 million since June to fight a proposed cigarette tax in California, according to a MapLight analysis of data from the Secretary of State’s Office.


California police groups giving money to fight death penalty repeal, marijuana legalization

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September 12, 2016 - California law enforcement organizations are giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight efforts to repeal the death penalty and legalize marijuana, according to a MapLight analysis.

In California, four measures get most of the cash

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September 2, 2016 - In California’s big-money ballot battle, four initiatives have pulled in most of the cash so far, a MapLight analysis has found. Of the $280 million in contributions reported by the end of August, 78 percent -- more than $218 million -- has gone to campaigns for and against limiting prescription drug prices, hiking the cigarette tax, extending an income tax increase, and requiring the state to use certain hospital fees for Medi-Cal patients.

Ten facts about the money behind California’s 17 ballot initiatives

 July 11, 2016 - California voters can currently expect to be presented with 17 propositions this fall, more than the state has seen in any single election in over a decade. A MapLight analysis of contributions to the campaigns supporting or opposing these measures resulted in the following findings.