Spotlight on California

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

Another Venture Capitalist Puts Up Money to Defeat Prop. 23

Oct. 15, 2010 - Another venture capitalist, John H. N. Fisher of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, contributed $25,000 to the No on 23 campaign yesterday, adding to the $25,000 he gave to the cause earlier this week. Various venture capitalists have contributed almost $1.2 million to oppose Prop. 23 this week alone.

  • See the latest contribution updates on the Prop. 23 page.

Texas-Based CVR Energy Throws Support Behind Prop. 23

Oct. 14, 2010 - An additional Texas-based oil company has thrown its financial hat in the ring in support of Prop. 23. CVR Energy Inc. gave $150,000 on Thursday to help defend the ballot measure designed to stall California climate change legislation AB 32. 

The top contributor in opposition, Thomas Steyer, contributed an additional $49,000 yesterday, bringing his total to $5,049,000. A venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, contributed over $1 million yesterday to oppose Prop. 23.

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.