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Campaign Funding in Silicon Valley: Spotlight on Palo Alto
One of the most expensive Bay Area cities in which to live, Palo Alto, California is also an increasingly expensive city in which to run for office.
Campaign Funding in Silicon Valley: Spotlight on Daly City
During the 2018 election, the four candidates running for city council in Daly City, competing for three citywide seats, brought in a total of $123,000. Of all the money raised, only half came from individual donors, and just 10 percent came from city residents.
Campaign Funding in Silicon Valley: Spotlight on San Jose
During the 2018 election cycle, candidates for mayor and city council in San Jose collectively brought in $1.9 million — less than 40 percent of which came from San Jose residents.
2018 Fair Elections in Berkeley
Berkeley's new system of publicly funded elections has empowered candidates to run for office based on the strength of their community support, reduced the influence of special interests in Berkeley elections, and amplified the voices of small donors in the political process.
MapLight Analysis Finds a Small Donor Class Funds Oregon Elections
As Oregon state legislators consider a package of bills to limit the influence of money in politics, a new MapLight report outlines hows megadonors and Portland’s “donor class” have an outsized impact on Oregon elections.
Oil And Gas Companies Fueled Attacks On Colorado’s New Democratic Governor
Two oil and gas companies with extensive interests in Colorado donated $1.7 million to a Republican “dark money” organization last year while it was working to defeat the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jared Polis.
New Analysis Finds Outside Groups Poured $15 Million Into 2018 Missouri Elections
A new MapLight analysis of campaign finance records in Missouri found that organizations seeking to influence the 2018 Missouri elections spent more than $15 million on state candidate races and ballot measures.
MapLight President Testifies in Favor of Bill to Increase Local Campaign Finance Transparency
A new bill introduced in California by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R - Yuba City, would increase transparency into campaign finance records at the local level by requiring local election officials to post campaign finance records online within 48 hours of filing deadlines.  
California Ballot Measures – MapLight Follows the Money
With less than two weeks until the 2018 election, contributions to California’s 11 ballot measures have surpassed $350 million.
California Workers & Retirees Are Unwittingly Financing An Anti-Rent-Control Campaign
Campaign finance records show entities controlled by private equity giant Blackstone have been among the biggest sources of cash for opponents of a state ballot initiative to permit rent control measures.