News: Spotlight on California

As California Mulls Changes to Bail System, Some Democrats Are Boosted by Bail Industry Money
Democrats in the California Assembly who are resisting a plan to eliminate cash bail have received the lion's share of campaign contributions from companies and organizations that are threatened by potential reforms, according to a MapLight analysis.
Latino Caucus May Hold Key to Battle Between Soda Industry, Health Advocates
The soda industry’s deep pockets are a well-known hurdle to taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, but a new MapLight analysis suggests the industry may be directing significant amounts of money to an unexpected faction of the California Legislature: its all-Democratic Latino Caucus.
Dianne Feinstein Raising Money From Health-Care Lobbyists After Dismissing Single-Payer
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is raising money from health care lobbyists while progressives push for single-payer health care.
Airbnb Emerges As Newsom Booster in 2018 Bid for Extended Sacramento Lodging
The California governor’s mansion isn’t one of the more than 300 homes and apartments available in Sacramento through Airbnb. Even so, the San Francisco-based company so far appears more committed than anyone to boosting Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bid for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
The money behind the winners and losers of California’s ballot races
The campaigns for the 17 measures on California’s ballot raised more than $446 million combined. Here is a look at the money behind the biggest winners and losers in those races.
As California Prepares to Vote, Lesser-Known Ballot Measures Garner Voters’ Attention
A preliminary analysis of website traffic to the comprehensive online voter guide Voter’s Edge California reveals that some of the most high-profile propositions on the statewide ballot are garnering less attention from users of Voter’s Edge California than ballot measures largely outside the public spotlight.
Out-of-state money dominates four California ballot campaigns
Four state ballot measure campaigns have each received more than 75 percent of their funding from individuals and groups outside of California, according to a MapLight analysis.
In $435 million ballot battle, four initiatives face no financial opposition
While more than half of the $435 million contributed so far to California’s ballot measure campaigns has come from individuals and groups trying to defeat initiatives, four of the 17 proposals face no financial opposition.
As Election Day Nears, Drug Companies Pour $22 Million into Ballot Battle
Photo credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty ImagesOctober 24, 2016 - On Wednesday, 27 pharmaceutical firms contributed almost $22 million to fight Proposition 61, a measure that would limit the price California pays for prescription drugs. The one-day tally is more than the total amount of money raised for and against 11 of the 17 measures on the state’s November ballot, a MapLight analysis has found.
Governor playing key role in two California ballot battles
California Governor Jerry Brown isn't on the November ballot, but he’s playing a key role in two state initiative campaigns.