Spotlight on California

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

Industry Favoring GOP Lawmakers Could Get Tax Provision in New Budget

In the California State Senate, oil companies have given just under twice as much on average to Republicans than they have to Democrats over the last four years (7/1/2006 to 6/30/2010). The picture is more pronounced in the Assembly, where these large oil companies gave nearly three times as much on average to Republicans as Democrats in the last election cycle (1/1/2009 to 6/30/2010).

Unions Help Pass Unemployment Benefits Bill

It is backed by state & local government workers unions, who gave an average of $43,203 to senators voting 'yes,' 13 times more than the $3,250 they gave to those who voted 'no,' based on a August 20, 2010 Senate floor vote. The same treatment was given to the assembly. State & local government workers unions gave $53,942 to assemblymembers voting 'yes' compared to the $2,231 given to assemblymembers voting 'no,' based on a August 26, 2010 Assembly floor vote.

Brown Endorsed by Prison Guards' Union

The prison guard union has given $522,313 to Democrats and $281,350 to Republicans. The lone registered independent, Juan Arambula, received $4,000.

Disclosure Bill on Athletic Scholarships Helped Along by Law Firms

Based on an August 26, 2010 passage vote in the Assembly, supporting interest gave 14 times more to assembly members voting 'yes' than to those voting 'no.' The bill has passed both houses and awaits action by the governor.

Healthcare Bill Can't Make it Past Insurer Money

The measure failed (16-19) in the senate on August 31, 2010 when five Democrats joined all Republicans in voting against it, another four Democrats did not vote. These nine Democrats received 65% more from all recorded opposing groups compared to totals from supporting groups.