Spotlight on California

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

MapLight Announces National Expansion of Voter's Edge, a Nonpartisan Guide to Ballot Measures

Oct. 9, 2012MapLight announces the national expansion of Voter's Edge, a nonpartisan guide to ballot measures. MapLight has joined forces with partner organizations across the country to provide a reliable, nonpartisan source of information about ballot measures in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Former Govs. Give Financial Support to Calif. Ballot Measures

Sept. 25, 2012—Former California Governor Gray Davis has contributed $2,000 to back current Governor Jerry Brown's tax plan, Prop. 30. Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo has contributed $1,000 to support Prop. 34, a measure to repeal the death penalty.

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.