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Donations to California's 2010 ballot propositions

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72 campaign committees registered with the California Secretary of State's office, as per the guidelines set out in campaign finance requirements for California ballot measures, as taking a pro or con position on one or more of the state's 2010 statewide ballot propositions. There were 14 such propositions (5 on the June 8, 2010 ballot and 9 on the November 2, 2010 ballot); one proposition (Proposition 13, Seismic Retrofitting) did not attract pro or con campaign committees.

Nationally, 184 ballot measures were on statewide ballots in 2010. According to an analysis of 2010 ballot measure campaign contributions, of the 184 ballot measures, 8 of the 10 ballot propositions that attracted the most spending were from California; they were:

Of the 72 registered campaign committees, nine committees registered as having a position on two propositions. One committee registered as having a position on 3 propositions, and two committees registered as having a position on four propositions.

31 "yes" positions were registered by the campaign committees, while 59 "no" positions were registered.

17 of the 72 registered committees reported that they received no contributions.

Top 20 donors

This chart shows the top 20 donors to the propositions that were on the November 2, 2010 ballot.

Donor Amount Proposition(s)
California Teachers Association and its parent, the NEA $13,703,624 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Charles T. Munger, Jr. & Charlotte A. Lowell $12,633,523 20, 27
Thomas Steyer & Kathryn Taylor $6,099,000 23, 26
California & American Federations of Teachers $5,387,240 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
Valero Services, Inc. $5,075,315 23
California Chamber of Commerce $4,063,323 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Chevron Corporation $3,750,000 25, 26
League of California Cities $3,532,750 22
The Nature Conservancy $3,026,489 21, 23
National Wildlife Federation $3,000,000 23
AFSCME $2,763,543 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
L. John & Ann Doerr $2,500,000 23, 26
American Beverage Association $2,450,000 25, 26
Philip Morris USA Inc. $2,250,000 20, 25, 26, 27
America's Families First, Inc. $2,150,000 24
Democratic State Central Committee of California $2,053,057 20, 23, 25, 26, 27
Tesoro Companies $2,040,637 23
Haim Saban $2,032,151 20, 27
Genentech, Inc. $1,600,500 24
Cisco Systems, Inc. $1,600,000 24

Specific propositions

This section lists the major contributors for each proposition. In the section for each proposition, there are links to each campaign committee that was registered as having a position in that proposition, pro and con.

Prop 13

See also: California Proposition 13, Seismic Retrofitting (June 2010)

No campaign committees were formed to support or oppose Proposition 13.

Prop 14

See also: California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
California Dream Team $2,000,000
California Business PAC $720,000
Reed Hastings $257,328
California Association of Hospitals $250,000
Eli Broad]] $100,000
California Association of Health Underwriters $100,000
Hewlett-Packard $100,000
Brian Harvey $100,000
William Bloomfield $100,000
Herbalife International $100,000
Blue Shield of California $50,000
William Oberndorf $50,000

Opponents:

Prop 15

See also: California Proposition 15, Public Funding of Some Elections (June 2010)

Supporters:

Opponents:

Prop 16

See also: California Proposition 16 (June 2010)

Supporters:

Opponents:

Prop 17

See also: California Proposition 17 (June 2010)

Supporters:

Opponents:

Prop 19

See also: California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)

Supporters:

Opponents:

Prop 20

See also: California Proposition 20, Congressional Redistricting (2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
Charles Munger $12,157,441
Charlotte Lowell $956,000
Eli Broad $100,000
Diane Wilsey $100,000
California Chamber of Commerce $85,000
Susan Groff $50,000
Rebecca Q. Morgan $50,000

Opponents:

Prop 21

See also: California Proposition 21, Vehicle License Fee for Parks (2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
Nature Conservancy $1,775,775
Conservation Action Fund $1,290,500
California State Parks Foundation $902,683
Save the Redwoods League $750,000
California League of Conservation Voters $500,000
Peninsula Open Space Trust $450,000
National Audubon Society $420,000
Anne Earhart $350,000
Pacific Gas & Electric $300,000
Ocean Conservancy $255,000
Big Sur Land Trust $200,000
Julie Packard $200,000
Robert J. Fisher $105,000
California Conservation Campaign $100,000
Sempervirens Funds $100,000
Trout Unlimited $100,000

Opponents:

Donor Amount
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers $49,000
Enterprise Holdings $25,000

Prop 22

See also: California Proposition 22, Ban on State Borrowing from Local Governments (2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
League of California Cities $3,080,350
California Alliance for Jobs $500,000
California Transit Association $299,177
California Public Securities Association $250,000
Members' Voice of the State Building Trades $150,000
California Redevelopment Association $108,820
Amalgamated Transit Union $105,000
United Transportation Union $75,000
California Society of Municipal Finance $50,000
Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education (DRIVE) $50,000
Peace Officers Research Association $50,000

Opponents:

Donor Amount
California Professional Firefighters Ballot Issue Committee $897,500
California Teachers Association $604,240
SEIU $100,000
California School Employees Association $50,000

Prop 23

See also: California Proposition 23 (2010)

Supporters:

Opponents:

Prop 24

See also: California Proposition 24, Repeal of Corporate Tax Breaks (2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $8,885,786
America's Families First $2,150,000
National Education Association $2,125,000
Alliance for a Better California $385,309
California Federation of Teachers $107,666
SEIU $100,000
AFSCME $100,000
California School Employees Association $100,000

Opponents:

Donor Amount
Genentech $1,600,500
Viacom $1,600,000
Cisco Systems $1,600,000
General Electric $1,500,000
Time Warner $1,500,000
Walt Disney $1,400,000
FOX Group $1,325,000
CBS Outdoor $1,250,000
Qualcomm $1,000,000
Johnson & Johnson $775,000
AmGen $600,000
Juniper Networks $150,000
SalesForce $125,000
Abbott Laboratories $100,000
Activision Blizzard $100,000
DirecTV Group $100,000
Entertainment Partners $100,000
Hewlett-Packard $100,000
Pfizer $100,000
Yahoo! $100,000

Prop 25

See also: California Proposition 25, Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget (2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
California Federation of Teachers $3,447,850
AFL-CIO $1,625,000
AFSCME $1,400,000
SEIU (including CSCSE) $1,300,000
California Teachers Association $1,261,831
California School Employees Association $1,050,000
Alliance for a Better California $780,583
California Faculty Association $607,500
Yes on 24, The Tax Fairness Act $500,000
Professional Engineers in California Government $336,175
Stephen M. Silberstein $250,000
California Nurses Association $150,000
California Democratic State Central Committee $100,000

Opponents:

Donor Amount
Chevron $3,750,000
California Chamber of Commerce $3,395,000
American Beverage Association $2,450,000
Philip Morris $1,750,000
Small Business Action Committee $1,430,000
Anheuser-Busch $625,000
Conoco Phillips $525,000
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association $431,948
Aera Energy $350,000
MillerCoors $350,000
Wine Institute $330,500
Exxon Mobil $300,000
Occidental Petroleum $250,000
Chartwell Partners $250,000
California Association of Realtors $200,000
Shell Oil $200,000
New Majority California $200,000
Kilroy Realty $150,000
Crown Imports $130,000
California Beer & Beverage Distributors $100,000

Prop 26

See also: California Proposition 26, Supermajority Vote to Pass New Taxes and Fees (2010)

Supporters:

Donor Amount
Chevron $3,750,000
California Chamber of Commerce $3,395,000
American Beverage Association $2,450,000
Philip Morris $1,750,000
Small Business Action Committee $1,430,000
Anheuser-Busch $625,000
Conoco Phillips $525,000
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association $431,948
Aera Energy $350,000
MillerCoors $350,000
Wine Institute $330,500
Exxon Mobil $300,000
Occidental Petroleum $250,000
Chartwell Partners $250,000
California Association of Realtors $200,000
Shell Oil $200,000
New Majority California $200,000
Kilroy Realty $150,000
Crown Imports $130,000
California Beer & Beverage Distributors $100,000

Opponents: By the time the November 2 election was over, 9 different campaign committees had filed in opposition to Proposition 26. Of the 9, only 3 were exclusively devoted to campaigning against Proposition 26. The other 6 campaign committees all mentioned Proposition 23 in the list of propositions they were opposed to. Due to the nature of these combined committees, it is impossible to say with exactitude how much of the money that is contributed to a combination committee was spent on a specific proposition. Proposition 23 attracted very significant opposition donations and it is likely that a majority of the money contributed to combined committees registered against both 23 and 26 was spent fighting Proposition 23, rather than Proposition 26, although this cannot be established with precision.

The names of the 9 campaign committees registered in opposition to Proposition 26 were:

Through November 30, 2010, these donations of $75,000 or over went to any of the 9 campaign committees registered against Proposition 26. Adding the total of these figures results in a higher total campaign contribution figure than was actually received by the total of the 9 committees because several of the committees made contributions to the other committees.

After adjusting for committees donating to other committees, Maplight records the total spent against Proposition 26 as of November 5, 2010 as $6,593,639.[1]

Donor Amount
League of Conservation Voters $1,655,000
Californians for Clean Energy $1,450,000
Democratic State Central Committee $1,345,056
Thomas Steyer $1,000,000
Californians for Clean Air, No on Prop 23 $900,000
No on 23, Stop the Dirty Energy Proposition $625,000
SEIU $595,000
California Teachers Association $504,240
L. John Doerr $500,000
Clean Energy and Good Jobs $446,000
Hannelore Grantham $400,000
Susan Mandel $400,000
Natural Resources Defense Council $390,000
Sierra Club $325,000
SCOPE State Alliance $325,000
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center $302,000
Nature Conservancy $300,000
America and California Federations of Teachers $255,000
Joseph Gleberman $250,000
Brook and Shawn Byers $200,000
A.L.L.E.R.T. $200,000
California Public Securities Association $150,000
State Building and Construction Trades Council $150,000
Taxpayers Against Protecting Polluters $150,000
Environmental Defense Action Fund $150,000
California School Employees Association $80,000
National Education Association $75,000

Prop 27

See also: California Proposition 27, Elimination of Citizen Redistricting Commission (2010)

Supporters:

Opponents:

Donor Amount
Charles Munger $12,157,441
Charlotte Lowell $956,000
Eli Broad $100,000
Diane Wilsey $100,000
California Chamber of Commerce $85,000
Susan Groff $50,000
Rebecca Q. Morgan $50,000

All campaign committees

Legend:
Support
Opposition
Committee $ raised 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
1. Yes on 14/Dream Team $4,925,870
2. Silicon Valley Leadership/Prop 14 0
3. Protect the Democratic Party 0
4. Save Voter Choice, No on 14 (Jeff Denham) $50,000
5. Swanson's/Oppose Prop. 14 (Sandre) $925
6. No on 14 (Labor) $243,500
7. Tobin's Stop Top Two Org 0
8. No on Prop. 14, Preserve Voter Choice 0
9. Yes on 15/Common Cause 0
10. Yes on Proposition 15/Nurses $473,779
11. Yes on Proposition 15/Clean Money 0
12. StopProp15.com $240,300
13. Yes on 16/Pacific Gas & ELectric $46,521,652
14. No on Prop 16/Utility Reform Network $128,868
15. Oppose Prop 16-Stop the Power Grab 0
16. Sierra Club SF Bay $6,525
17. Yes on 17 (Mercury) $15,885,921
18. Stop Prop 17 $1,333,350
19. Californians for Progress (Herrera) $273,400
20. Yes on 19/CREDO Victory Fund 0
21. Yes on 19/Tax Cannabis 2010 (Oaksterdam) $2,852,926
22. Drug Policy Action/Yes on 19 $1,442,655
23. Students for Sensible Drug Policy $100,000
24. Public Safety First - No on Prop. 19 $317,999
25. Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana 0
26. Committee Against the Legalization of Marijuana 0
27. Nip It In The Bud $2,000
28. Associated General Contractors $98,188
29. Crusades for Patients Rights/Canna Care 0
30. Yes On 20, No On 27 (Hold Politicians Accountable) $13,308,329
31. No On 20, No On Munger $553,031
32. California Coalition for Leadership (Yes on 25 & 27, No on 20) 0
33. Yes On FAIR, Yes On 27, No On 20 $7,624,887
34. Yes on 21, Californians for State Parks $9,168,210
35. Conservation Action Fund $1,212,865
36. Stop The Car Tax Scam $74,000
37. Yes on 22 / Protect Local Services $5,823,931
38. League of California Cities CitiPAC, Supporting Proposition 22 $1,226,754
39. No on 22 (California Professional Firefighters) $1,679,990
40. Yes on 23, California Jobs Initiative $10,659,560
41. No on 23, Stop the Dirty Energy Proposition $25,245,677
42. California Alliance Action Fund $885,670
43. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights $1,120,788
44. Ballot Initiative Strategy Center $320,000
45. Environmental Defense Action Fund $1,155,000
46. California League of Conservation Voters $4,781,750
47. Clean Energy and Good Jobs Mobilization $812,500
48. Credo Victory Fund $520,679
49. Committee for a Clean Energy Future $7,143
50. No on Prop 23, Committee of the NRDC $2,057,826
51. Clean Economy Network, No on 23 $594,500
52. Green Tech Action Fund $145,000
53. California PIRG $178,732
54. Committee to Defeat Prop 23 (Environment California) $284,416
55. Silicon Valley Leadership Group 0
56. Green Technology Leadership Group PAC $66,100
57. Sierra Club No on Prop 23 $970,400
58. Consumers Union Action Fund 0
59. Yes on 24 $14,224,507
60. California Healthcare Institute 0
61. No on 24 - Stop the Jobs Tax $15,488,000
62. Yes on 25 $11,237,159
63. California Federation of Teachers $4,016,696
64. American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (Yes on 25) 0
65. Stop Hidden Taxes - No on 25/Yes on 26 $17,753,067
66. Californians Against Higher Taxes $516,000
67. Taxpayers Against Protecting Polluters $331,384
68. Marin Institute Charge for Harm 0
69. No on 26 $5,206,585
70. TruePAC (Judy Chu) $501,314
71. No on 27 - Keep Voters First $20,516
72. Small Business Action Committee $1,475,000
Proposition: 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Total campaign committees for each proposition: - 8 4 4 3 10 5 3 3 19 5 7 12 6

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