Signatures for California's 2 June initiatives cost $4.4 million

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February 9, 2010

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SACRAMENTO, California: Supporters of the two ballot initiatives on the June 8, 2010 statewide ballot in California cumulatively paid $4,473,539 to earn the two measures a spot on the ballot.

Pacific Gas & Electric is the sole donor to Proposition 16, and has kicked in $6.5 million to date. Through February 9, this campaign has paid Direct Voices, a subsidiary of Arno Political Consultants, $2,199,794 for signature-gathering on the proposed initiated constitutional amendment.[1]

Mercury Insurance is the sole donor to Proposition 17, providing $3.5 million to get the campaign started. They've paid $2,273,745 through February 9 to National Petition Management for signature-gathering, or about $3.15 per signature based on news reports that indicate that 720,000 signatures were collected on the proposed initiated state statute.[2]

The other three measures on California's June 8 ballot are legislative referrals, which required no signature-gathering to qualify for the ballot.

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 13 Taxes Seismic retrofitting should not add to property's tax assessed value Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Elections Top two primary vote getters move to general regardless of party affiliation Approveda
LRSS Proposition 15 Elections Public funding of politician's campaigns Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 16 Elections New two-thirds vote requirement for local public electricity providers Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 17 Regulation Discount for those who have had continuous auto insurance coverage Defeatedd

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