Spotlight on California

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

Contributions From Attorney Gloria Allred Go to High-Profile Democrats

Gloria Allred, the attorney representing Nicky Diaz Santillan, the housekeeper involved in the illegal immigrant issue hovering over the gubernatorial campaign of GOP candidate Meg Whitman, has made multiple contributions to Democratic candidates in the past, including a $150 contribution to Jerry Brown in 2006 for his attorney general campaign.

Insurance Companies Didn't Stop Gov't Unions on 'Health Benefits Exchange' Vote

State & local government employee unions interest groups contributed an average of $29,721 to lawmakers voting 'yes' and only $3,394 to lawmakers voting 'no.' Accident & health insurance interest groups gave an average of $11,089 to lawmakers voting against the bill and only $7,156 to lawmakers voting in favor of passage.

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.