Spotlight on California

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

Voter's Edge: California's 26th Congressional District

October 31, 2014 -- Democratic Representative Julia Brownley is fighting for re-election in the hotly contested race for the 26th congressional district in Southern California.

Voter's Edge: California's 36th Congressional District

October 31, 2014 -- Democratic Representative Raul Ruiz is trying to hold on to his newly acquired seat in California’s 36th congressional district.

Easily Search California Secretary of State Campaign Finance Data with MapLight's CA Power Search Tool

June 12, 2014MapLight has launched a power search tool that allows journalists and citizens to easily search the California Secretary of State's bulk download data to find campaign contributions to candidate and ballot committees dating back to 2001.

Who's funding your politician's election campaign?

CA Senators Voting NO on Fracking Moratorium Received 14x More from Oil & Gas Industry

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June 4, 2014—On May 28, 2014, the California State Senate rejected a bill that would have placed a moratorium on oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic and acid fracturing, until the government completes a scientific study of the practices' impacts on human and environmental health.

How much money have oil and gas interests given to senators voting against the moratorium?

The Cost of a Seat in the California State Legislature


December 12, 2013It costs a lot of money to win a seat in the California State Legislature, but how much exactly? MapLight has conducted an analysis of money raised by members of the California State Legislature who won election in 2012.