Spotlight on California

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

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.

Insurance Providers Block Bill to Expand Workers' Compensation

Sep 12, 2011 - The California Senate voted down a bill (AB 375) last week that would have made it easier for hospital workers to collect workers compensation for certain ailments including blood-borne illnesses. Republicans were united in opposition to the measure, and just enough Democrats joined them or did not vote for the bill to fail.

Bill to Regulate Health Insurance Rate Hikes Tips Toward Supporters

August 30, 2011 - A bill (AB 52) that would allow a state government board to regulate changes in health insurance rates was passed on Aug. 25, 2011 by the Senate Appropriations Committee and awaits a Senate floor vote before the end of the legislative session. The measure was supported by the International Association of Fire Fighters, the California Teachers Association, and AARP and opposed by Blue Shield of California, UnitedHealth Group, and the California Chamber of Commerce.