Donations to 2009 ballot measure campaigns

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2010
2008

In 2009, 32 statewide ballot measures were on the ballot in 7 states. 14 (or 43.75%) of these ballot measures, from 4 states, had no campaign finance activity associated with them, while 18 (or 56.25%) of these ballot measures did have campaign finance activity associated with them.

A total of $131,845,508 was contributed to the 18 ballot measures with campaign finance activity on one or both sides of the issue.

Simple statistics

  • In 3 states, over $10 million was donated to measure campaigns. In 2 states, over $20 million was donated.
  • 22 of 32 measures were approved.
  • 13 of 14 measures with no campaign finance were approved.
  • 7 measures only had formal campaign financing on one side of the issue. Of those, 5 resulted in favor of the side with money.
  • 12 of the 18 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.

Chart of all states

State
# of ballot measures Donations
Without donations With donations Total In favor Against Total
California 0 6 6 * * $43,277,716
Maine 2 5 7 * * $14,332,401
New Jersey 0 1 1 $748,799 $204,177 $952,915
New York 2 0 2 $0 $0 $0
Ohio 1 2 3 $54,099,370 $12,195,196 $66,294,566
Texas 9 2 11 $352,452 $0 $352,452
Washington 0 2 2 $2,824,044 $3,810,414 $6,634,458
Totals: 14 18 32 -- -- $131,845,508

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

  • The following charts list the monetary amounts reported by campaign committees for each ballot measure--these are listed under the "Pro committee/Con committee" columns.
  • In some states individuals not associated with a particular committee reported monetary activity--these listed under the "non-committee" columns.
  • Some committees reported funding campaigns for multiple ballot measures--these cases are listed with a "yes" under the "Multiple measure campaigns" column.
  • Total spent only reflects amounts reported by committees.
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
California
Proposition 1A $32,822,826 $5,749,186 $798 $165 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 1B $32,822,826 $0 $38,291 $901 Yes Defeatedd


Proposition 1C $25,809,869 $0 $34,485 $1,197 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 1D $22,503,109 $1,344,336 $1,730 $1,197 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 1E $22,503,109 $1,054,291 $1,730 $1,197 Yes Defeatedd
Proposition 1F $22,558,742 $0 $2,102 $1,197 Yes Approveda
Total spent: $43,27716
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Maine
Question 1 $3,434,064 $6,562,237 -- -- Yes Approveda
Question 2 $87,171 $3,250,259 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Question 3 $66,697 $506,500 -- -- No Defeatedd
Question 4 $360,518 $3,368,126 -- -- Yes Defeatedd
Question 5 $163,845 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 6 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Question 7 $0 $0 -- -- No Defeatedd
Total spent: $14,332,401
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
New Jersey
Question 1 $748,799 $204,117 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $952,915
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
Proposal 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
Ohio
Issue 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Issue 2 $5,440,895 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Issue 3 $48,658,475 $12,195,196 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $66,294,566
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Texas
Proposition 1 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 2 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 3 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 4 $274,202 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 5 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 6 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 7 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 8 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 9 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 10 $0 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Proposition 11 $79,250 $0 -- -- No Approveda
Total spent: $352,452
State Ballot measures Pro committee Con committee Pro non-committee Con non-committee Multiple measure campaigns Election Result
Washington
Initiative 1033 $727,049 $3,527,362 $476 $3,610 No Defeatedd
Referendum 71 $2,096,995 $283,052 $3,523 $187,272 No Approveda
Total spent: $6,634,458

References

All donation amounts on this page was gathered through http://www.followthemoney.org on October 22, 2011, and statistics compiled by Ballotpedia staff.