Spotlight on California

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

Chevron Boosts Support For Prop. 26 Grows by Almost $2 Million

Oct. 14, 2010 - Chevron gave $1.25 million in support of Prop. 26 on Wednesday, the largest single contribution to date, bringing their total to $2.5 million. Prop. 26 would raise the vote threshold necessary in the California state legislature to pass certain state and local fees. Eleven new organizations gave money in support yesterday, nine of which were in the Oil & Gas industry.

Total Contributions  (Oct 14, 2010)

Cisco Systems Adds $500,000 in Opposition to Prop. 24

With a $500,000 contribution on Tuesday, Cisco is now tied with Viacom as the two largest contributors in opposition to Prop 24 with each giving $1,600,000. and BNSF Railway gave first-time donations this week with $125,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Prop. 27 vs. Prop. 20

Oct. 18, 2010 -- The fate of California's redistricting laws will be determined at the ballot box this year by the winner of two opposing initiatives. Prop. 27 is supported by Democratic campaign committees, unions and a well-heeled entertainment mogul named Haim Saban. The opposition to Prop. 27 and support of Prop. 20 is being funded almost entirely by two individuals: Charles T. Munger Jr., a self-employed physicist who has contributed over $11 million to the campaign group "Yes on 20, No on 27." and an additional million from Munger's wife Charlotte A. Lowell, an attorney.

Funding for California's Prop. 23 a National Affair

Based on analysis of campaign finance data, roughly 70 percent of the $8,398,509 that has been donated as of Oct. 7th in support of Prop. 23 are from sources outside of California. On the other side, analysis of donors against Prop. 23 shows that just 15 percent of the $15,695,276 received are from sources out of state.

Oil and Alcoholic Beverage Companies Among Top Industries Supporting Prop 26

Contributions to groups campaigning in support of Prop 26 total over $8.2 million and have come largely from the pro-business group California Chamber of Commerce, a collection alcoholic beverage producers, followed by oil and insurance companies. Supporting money outpaces the opposition total ($1.2 million) by a ratio of nearly 7 to 1.