Spotlight on California

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

MapLight Voter's Edge Widget for CA Ballot Propositions

Sept. 12, 2012—To publish the most up-to-date data for California's ballot propositions on your own website, embed the Voter's Edge widget, which will automatically update with the latest totals and top funders for each proposition. To embed the widget, click "Share" on the widget above and copy and paste the embed code on your website. You can customize which measures the widget displays by clicking "Advanced" on the "Share" screen.

Newly Launched MapLight "Voter's Edge" Tracks Funding Behind CA Ballot Measures

July 10, 2012—MapLight announces the launch of Voter's Edge California, a comprehensive voter guide profiling California ballot measures.

Voter's Edge offers citizens and journalists a one-stop shop for information about ballot measures, including summary information, campaign finance, endorsements, news, editorials, campaign advertisements, and more.

CA Prop. 29 (Cigarette Tax) Raises More Money Than All Super PACs But Pro-Romney's "Restore Our Future"

May 17, 2012—A MapLight analysis shows that contributions to committees opposing California's Proposition 29 (Cigarette Tax) have raised nearly $40 million in contributions, more than any independent expenditure committee at the federal level except the Pro-Romney "Restore Our Future" Super PAC.

To put things into perspective, a MapLight analysis of the most recent data available from the Federal Election Committee shows that Romney's "Restore Our Future" has raised $52 million, "American Crossroads" has raised $28 million, and Obama's "Priorities USA Action" has raised $9 million.

Michael Bloomberg Enters CA Prop. 29 (Cigarette Tax) Money Race with a $500K Contribution

May 17, 2012—A MapLight analysis of campaign contribution data from the California Secretary of State shows that a recent contribution of $500K from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg raises the total for committees supporting California's Proposition 29 (Cigarette Tax) to $8.5 million. Committees opposing California's Proposition 29 have raised nearly $40 million.

MapLight Launches Voter Guide for California Ballot Propositions in English and Spanish

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March 19, 2012—MapLight announces the launch of a new Voter Guide, available in both English and Spanish, profiling California's ballot propositions. The MapLight Voter Guide provides journalists and voters with a snapshot view of each proposition's summary information—what a 'YES' or a 'NO' vote would mean, the projected financial impact of the proposition, campaign arguments by proponents and opponents—and campaign finance data—money raised for and against a proposition and a top 10 list of contributors for and against. In coming weeks the Voter Guide will be expanded to include endorsementsnews, editorials, and advertisements.