Spotlight on California

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

Cal-Access Database Available for Download by Labor Day, Says California Secretary of State

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Daniel Newman, Co-Founder and President of MapLight (California Secretary of State and MapLight)

 May 22, 2013—California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen has announced that the Cal-Access lobbying and campaign finance database will be available for download on a single spreadsheet by Labor Day, September 2, and updated twice daily from then-on.

California Secretary of State Won't Release Campaign Finance Data as Bulk Download

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April 29, 2013California Secretary of State Debra Bowen rejected a request to make California campaign finance data more available, in a letter dated April 19, 2013.

MapLight Launches Voter's Edge Los Angeles and Voter's Edge Redondo Beach

CA State Senator Michael Rubio Leaves Senate to Join Chevron

Denis Kuvaevi/

Feb. 22, 2013—CA State Senator Michael Rubio is leaving the state legislature for Chevron Corporation to direct governmental affairs in California. Rubio had been serving as chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality and had also been a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and Water.

How much money in campaign contributions did Rubio receive from Chevron Corporation? Oil & Gas interests?

Op Ed: California can shine a light on national 'dark money' in campaigns

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Feb. 4, 2013—The disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision three years ago unleashed a flood of political money unprecedented in U.S. history. Organizations can now raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, without disclosing where that money came from. These "dark money" groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars nationally to influence November's elections.