Spotlight on California

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

Contributions from GlaxoSmithKline to Calif. Legislators

GlaxoSmithKline has contributed over $345,000 to the campaigns of California lawmakers from 2002-2010. Click here to find out how much your representative has received.


Sponsor introduced bills become laws in California more often than legislator introduced bills undermining democracy

Lawmakers give away citizens’ money, water, and air to the corporations and lobbyists who pay for them to get elected.

In a democracy laws are to be written by legislators elected into office not interest groups who bankroll their election campaigns.

Opponents of Debit Card Reforms Gave Twice as Much Money to CA State Senators Voting No

The opposition to the consumer-friendly SB 933 gave 236% more money to Senators voting in favor of their interests.

Agribusiness Give 80% More Money to Republicans Voting No on SB 1121

June 4, 2010 - Republican State Senators vote with their donors to defend agricultural employer interests.

Unused Balances on Gift Cards are Big Business for Small Business

June 4, 2010 - An estimated $5 billion in cash was left unused on gift cards in 2009. Groups that get to hold on to that money were able to beat back a provision that would have allowed more of that cash to be put into the pockets of consumers.