Category Archives: Money In Politics

Unions, Tribes, And Now... Oil

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Over the years, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has reserved a unique place in his own political purgatory for groups he calls “special interests.” The membership list had remained pretty unchanged since 2003. That is, until last week. Organized labor, Indian gaming … Continue reading »


CA's Big Political Spenders Of The Decade

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A short but powerful snapshot this morning from the state’s political watchdog agency reveals an awful lot about the movers and shakers in California politics this past ten years. But given it’s supposed to be a snapshot of an entire … Continue reading »


Political Spending: California's "Green" Leadership?

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The political world is buzzing over today’s big ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that lifts seemingly all restrictions on campaign cash funneled into groups that operate independently of candidates for Congress. Of course, those of us in the Golden … Continue reading »


Cash Woes For State, Not Campaigns

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As the Legislature reconvenes for its final sprint on issues small and large, a new compilation of campaign finance data shows that almost $61 million was raised in the first six months of 2009 for campaigns near and distant, expenses … Continue reading »


$1 Billion in Political Cash Since Prop 34

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Voters supporting limits on campaign contributions would do well to remember the old adage that money will always find its way into politics, the same way water finds its way through the cracks of anything holding it back. And a … Continue reading »


Speaking of Campaign Cash...

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A quick look at some of the big bucks on the statewide ballot measure front… based on amounts in play. The combined campaign cash raised this year for these five measures alone: $155.2 million. Proposition 8: The battle to ban … Continue reading »


9 Capitol Jobs = $37 Million and Counting

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An examination of the latest campaign finance data shows a handful of contested legislative races are racking up some big bucks, through both candidate controlled committees and those operating independently of the campaigns. These nine races — seven in the … Continue reading »


IE M-o-n-e-y

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Some new numbers reinforce the growing influence of independent expenditure committees, those political entities that can raise and spend money in unlimited amounts because they’re not controlled by candidates for office. Data compiled by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission … Continue reading »


The Quiet Influence of Independent Expenditures

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It seems like California’s official campaign finance watchdog is barking a little louder these days about the role of money in politics. And its top target: the murky world of interest groups who ostensibly operate independently of the campaigns run … Continue reading »