Spotlight on California

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

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.

MapLight Launches Tool to Easily Search California Secretary of State Campaign Finance Data

August 28, 2013—MapLight announces the launch of a web tool that allows journalists and citizens to easily search the California Secretary of State's newly released bulk data to find campaign contributions to candidates and ballot committees.

Click here to try it!

Washington State GMO Labeling Initiative is Round Two for CA Prop. 37 Donors

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July 19, 2013The similarities between California's Prop. 37 and Washington's I-522, "The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," go beyond titles and even beyond content: I-522 has many of the same moneyed supporters that fueled the Prop. 37 campaign, as well as some of the same opponents as those that helped defeat it.

What groups have contributed to both campaigns?