Spotlight on California

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

Bill to Track Hospital-Acquired Illnesses Helped Along by Unions

Based on the August 25, 2010 final passage vote in the Assembly on AB 542, State and local government unions gave $30,345 on average to assembly members voting yes and a mere $1,031 on average to those voting no. The bill has been enrolled (passed both chambers) and awaits action by the governor.

Sens. Wright's and Steinberg's Top Contributors

According to the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert, news broke yesterday that Sen. Rod Wright has received an eight-count felony indictment related to allegations that the senator does not actually live in the 25th Senate District he represents. Wright pleaded not guilty at an arraignment yesterday.

Comcast Pulls Ad by California Teachers Association

On Tuesday, the Sacbee's CapitolAlert reported that Comcast has pulled an advertisement sponsored by the California Teacher's Association.

"The cable company Comcast has stopped running a TV ad by the California Teachers Association accusing Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman of proposing to lay off teachers and slash school budgets, according to Comcast spokesman Andrew Johnson, according to the report."

Villines Promoted by CalChamber

According to the Sacramento Bee, "the California Chamber of Commerce is running a new 'issue-advocacy' ad touting Mike Villines, the Republican nominee for insurance commissioner, front and center." The article explains that the chamber is not required to disclose donor funding because the ad hailing Villines doesn't mention his run for insurance chief.

Prop 18 Champion Received Funds From Benefiting Organization

A recent article published by the LA Times sheds some light on the controversial $11.1 million bond water bond measure Proposition 18. Roll International, a company that stands to benefit by the measure, is a major contributor to the measure's champion Sen. Darell Steinberg.