Spotlight on California

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

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.


Campaign to legalize pot has huge fundraising advantage

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 May 5, 2016 - A campaign to legalize marijuana in California has raised more than 240 times as much money as efforts to fight it, according to a MapLight analysis.

One Year Out from November 2016, California State-Level Candidates and Ballot Measures Have Raised Over $43M


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November 9, 2015 -- As a number of local elections unfolded last week, money continued to flow to the state-level candidates and measures that will appear on California’s 2016 and future ballots.

How much money have state-level candidates and ballot measure raised since the beginning of the 2015-2016 election cycle?

Report: $62M in Independent Expenditures Spent on Candidate Media, Print Materials in California’s 2014 Election; Opposition Spending on the Rise


October 14, 2015 -- A new MapLight analysis examines California independent expenditures affecting state-level candidates by category and finds that $62 million was spent on printed materials and media buys in the 2013-2014 election cycle.

What have independent expenditures in California paid for since 2001?

Report: New Tool Reveals $80M in Independent Expenditures Spent in California's 2014 Election



September 29, 2015 -- Independent expenditures played a significant role in last year's election in California, but what exactly are they? An independent expenditure is an expenditure for a communication that advocates the election or defeat of a candidate, but which is not made in coordination with the affected candidate.

How much money was spent on independent expenditures in California during the 2014 election cycle?