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Donations to 2008 ballot measure campaigns

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2009
2007

In 2008, 174 statewide ballot measures were on the ballot in 37 states. 71 (or 40.80%) of these ballot measures had no campaign finance activity associated with them, while 103 (or 59.20%) of these ballot measures did have campaign finance activity associated with them.


A total of $820,281,179 was contributed to the 103 ballot measures that did attract campaign donations on one or both sides.

Simple statistics

  • In 10 states, over $10 million was donated. In 5 states, over $20 million was donated.
  • 102 of 174 measures were approved.
  • 48 of 71 measures with no campaign finance were approved.
  • 30 measures only had formal campaign financing on one side of the issue. Of those, 25 resulted in favor of the side with money.
  • 81 of the 103 measures were campaign finance was used resulted in favor of the side that spent more money.

Note: The above results are based on reported campaign finance only. In some cases, campaigns financed support/opposition to multiple measures. The above statistic was edited to include California Proposition 93's unusually large amount of independent expenditures as formal expenditures against the measure.

Top 5 states with ballot measure campaign donations
State Total donations
California $477,712,766
Ohio $86,484,352
Colorado $72,974,443
Arizona $40,450,116
Oregon $21,826,301

Chart of all states

State
# of ballot measures Donations
Without donations With donations Total In favor Against Total
Alabama 1 5 6 $255,000 $0 $255,000
Alaska 4 1 5 $3,906,649 $9,313,048 $13,219,696
Arizona 7 1 8 $32,270,382 $8,179,733 $40,450,116
Arkansas 3 2 5 * * $1,519,373
California 20 1 21 * * $477,712,766
Colorado 13 1 14 * * $72,974,443
Connecticut 1 1 2 $17,597 $846,669 $864,266
Delaware -- -- -- -- -- --
Florida 3 4 7 $6,275,091 $6,675,443 $12,950,533
Georgia 3 0 3 $1,569,573 $0 $1,569,573
Hawaii 0 2 2 $0 $0 $0
Idaho -- -- -- -- -- --
Illinois 1 0 1 $147,765 $1,694,168 $1,841,933
Indiana -- -- -- -- -- --
Iowa 0 1 1 $0 $0 $0
Kansas -- -- -- -- -- --
Kentucky -- -- -- -- -- --
Louisiana 0 7 7 $0 $0 $0
Maine 2 2 4 $6,860,370 $1,299,645 $8,160,014
Maryland 1 1 2 $7,128,581 $1,025,201 $8,153,782
Massachusetts 3 0 3 $3,134,417 $8,328,154 $11,462,572
Michigan 2 0 2 $11,405,615 $6,916,820 $18,322,434
Minnesota 1 0 1 $4,501,050 $128,432 $4,629,483
Mississippi -- -- -- -- -- --
Missouri 3 2 5 $18,350,028 $30,226 $18,380,254
Montana 2 1 3 $478,047 $0 $478,047
Nebraska 3 0 3 $729,691 $375,167 $1,104,859
Nevada 0 4 4 $0 $0 $0
New Hampshire -- -- -- -- -- --
New Jersey 0 2 2 $0 $0 $0
New Mexico 3 7 10 $652,521 $0 $652,521
New York 0 1 1 $0 $0 $0
North Carolina -- -- -- -- -- --
North Dakota 4 1 5 * * $661,741
Ohio 3 2 5 $26,903,600 $59,580,751 $86,484,352
Oklahoma 0 4 4 $0 $0 $0
Oregon 14 1 15 * * $21,826,301
Pennsylvania 0 1 1 $0 $0 $0
Rhode Island 0 2 2 $0 $0 $0
South Carolina 0 3 3 $0 $0 $0
South Dakota 4 3 7 $2,621,734 $4,684,262 $7,305,995
Tennessee -- -- -- -- -- --
Texas -- -- -- -- -- --
Utah 0 5 5 $0 $0 $0
Vermont -- -- -- -- -- --
Virginia -- -- -- -- -- --
Washington 3 0 3 $7,195,788 $2,105,336 $9,301,125
West Virginia -- -- -- -- -- --
Wisconsin 0 1 1 $0 $0 $0
Wyoming 0 2 2 $0 $0 $0
Totals: 103 72 175 -- -- $820,281,179

Note: The results are based on reported campaign finance only. In some cases, campaigns financed support/opposition to multiple measures, and therefore true individual amounts could not be determined. The amounts also do not reflect money used by groups not officially registered as a support/opposition committee.

Charts by state

State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Alabama
Amendment 1 $255,000 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 4 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 5 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 6 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $255,000
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Alaska
Measure 1 $109,234 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 2 $729,933 $391,506 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 3 $140,975 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 4 $2,926,507 $8,921,542 -- -- No Defeatedd
Proposition A $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $13,219,696


State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Arizona
Proposition 100 $5,881,357 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 101 $691,639 $1,034,000 -- -- No Defeatedd
Proposition 102 $7,782,275 $833,041 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 105 $1,545,425 $1,668,185 -- -- No Defeatedd
Proposition 200 $14,763,892 $1,005,670 -- -- No Defeatedd
Proposition 201 $604,598 $3,498,487 -- -- No Defeatedd
Proposition 202 $1,001,196 $140,350 -- -- No Defeatedd
Proposition 300 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $40,450,116


State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Arkansas
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 3 $836,430 $221,252 -- -- Yes Approveda
Proposed Initiative 1 $136,757 $332,449 -- -- Yes Approveda
Bond Question 1 $120,467 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $1,519,373
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
California
Proposition 1A $2,634,640 $0 $48,454 $0 No Approveda
Proposition 2 $10,499,162 $8,973,429 $12,278 $0 No Approveda
Proposition 3 $7,908,647 $0 $39,755 $0 No Approveda
Proposition 4 $3,202,911 $10,504,042 $414 $9,997 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 5 $7,601,079 $10,488,043 $10,919 $87,800 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 6 $1,983,008 $4,339,575 $188,214 $3,300 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 7 $9,360,232 $29,787,119 $414 $14,294 No Defeatedd
Proposition 8 $42,329,562 $64,351,406 $81,454 $38,735 Yes Approveda
Proposition 9 $5,149,931 $2,356,567 $10,714 $3,300 Yes Approveda
Proposition 10 $22,720,573 $173,218 $414 $0 No Defeatedd
Proposition 11 $16,279,892 $1,525,816 $714 $0 No Approveda
Proposition 12 $0 $0 $10,942 $40,025 No Approveda
Proposition 91 $0 $0 $0 $602 No Defeatedd
Proposition 92 $3,543,032 $2,954,524 $12,678 $4,067 No Defeatedd
Proposition 93 $16,840,223 $8,958,926 $267,554 $12,399,982 No Defeatedd
Proposition 94 $108,366,370 $64,331,873 $0 $1,772 Yes Approveda
Proposition 95 $108,366,370 $64,331,873 $0 $1,772 Yes Approveda
Proposition 96 $108,366,370 $64,331,873 $0 $1,772 Yes Approveda
Proposition 97 $108,366,370 $64,331,873 $0 $1,772 Yes Approveda
Proposition 98 $6,992,782 $15,608,527 $59,963 $95,102 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 99 $15,600,929 $0 $46,008 $7,500 Yes Approveda
Total spent: $477,712,766
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Colorado
Amendment 46 $443,285 $949,458 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 47 $6,012,934 $30,835,433 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 48 $433,530 $1,980,765 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 49 $2,425,346 $20,383,624 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 50 $7,709,963 $4,446 -- -- Yes Approveda
Amendment 51 $632,185 $4,446 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 52 $743,419 $156,305 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 54 $2,236,438 $20,483,724 -- -- Yes Approveda
Amendment 58 $6,260,914 $11,971,946 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Amendment 59 $3,984,024 $12,458 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Referendum L $2,981 $4,446 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Referendum M $7,427 $0 -- -- Yes Approveda
Referendum N $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Referendum O $462,257 $4,446 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Total spent: $72,974,443
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Connecticut
Question 1 $17,597 $846,669 -- -- No Defeatedd
Question 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent:$864,266 '
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Florida
Amendment 1 $4,520,418 $2,278,417 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 2 $1,607,803 $4,397,026 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 4 $146,870 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 6 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 8 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $12,950,533
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Georgia
Amendment 1 $258,929 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 2 $316,252 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 3 $994,392 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $1,569,573
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Hawaii
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Illinois
ConCon $147,765 $1,694,168 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $1,841,933
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Iowa
HJR 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Louisiana
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 4 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 5 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 6 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 7 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Maine
Question 1 (Primary) $4,159,749 $452,640 -- -- No Approveda
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 2 $2,700,621 $847,005 -- -- No Defeatedd
Question 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $8,160,014
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Maryland
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 2 $7,128,581 $1,025,201 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $8,153,782
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Massachusetts
Question 1 $513,667 $7,567,902 -- -- No Defeatedd
Question 2 $1,576,873 $80,670 -- -- No Approveda
Question 3 $1,043,877 $679,582 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $11,462,572
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Michigan
Proposal 1 $2,013,393 $304,031 -- -- No Approveda
Proposal 2 $9,392,222 $6,612,789 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $18,322,434
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Minnesota
Constitutional Amendment $4,501,050 $128,432 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $4,629,483
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Missouri
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 4 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition A $15,604,399 $30,226 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition B $1,715,306 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition C $1,030,323 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $18,380,254
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
[[Montana 2008 ballot measures|Montana
C-44 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
I-155 $257,302 $0 -- -- No Approveda
LR-118 $220,746 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $478,047
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Nebraska
Amendment 1 (Primary) $104,820 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 1 $75,572 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Initiative 424 $549,299 $375,167 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $1,104,859
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Nevada
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Question 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 4 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
New Jersey
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
New Mexico
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 4 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 5 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Bond Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Bond Question 2 $20,241 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Bond Question 3 $325,330 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Bond Question 4 $306,950 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $652,521
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
New York
Proposal 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
North Dakota
Measure 1 (Primary) $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 1 $14,825 $570,585 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 2 $53,297 $570,585 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 3 $19,894 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Measure 4 $3,140 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $661,741
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Ohio
Issue 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Issue 2 $662,786 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Issue 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Issue 5 $547,413 $20,868,818 -- -- No Approveda
Issue 6 $25,693,401 $38,711,933 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $86,484,352
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Oklahoma
Question 735 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 741 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 742 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 743 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Oregon
Measure 51 $20,000 $0 -- -- Yes Approveda
Measure 52 $20,000 $0 -- -- Yes Approveda
Measure 53 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Measure 54 $15,831,718 $43,207 -- -- Yes Approveda
Measure 55 $15,874,925 $0 -- -- Yes Approveda
Measure 56 $15,782,525 $904,827 -- -- Yes Approveda
Measure 57 $16,157,488 $1,647,967 -- -- Yes Approveda
Measure 58 $1,062,522 $15,593,743 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 59 $1,032,483 $15,644,563 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 60 $1,032,483 $15,579,848 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 61 $1,775,623 $15,599,586 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 62 $1,319,230 $15,575,014 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 63 $381,802 $16,049,727 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 64 $1,032,483 $16,722,601 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Measure 65 $752,201 $418,672 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Total spent: $21,826,301
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Pennsylvania
Referendum $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Rhode Island
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
South Carolina
Amendment 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
South Dakota
Amendment G $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment H $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Amendment I $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment J $0 $30,305 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 9 $357,274 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 10 $775,590 $1,373,328 -- -- No Defeatedd
Measure 11 $1,488,870 $3,280,629 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $7,305,995
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Utah
Amendment A $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment B $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment C $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment D $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment E $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Washington
I-985 $669,820 $249,085 -- -- No Defeatedd
I-1000 $5,530,436 $1,678,796 -- -- No Approveda
I-1029 $995,532 $177,455 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $9,301,125
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Wisconsin
Question 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $0
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Wyoming
Amendment A $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Amendment B $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $0

References

All donation amounts on this page was gathered through http://www.followthemoney.org on October 29, 2011 & November 20, 2011 and statistics compiled by Ballotpedia staff.