With the November election less than three months away, candidates and party committees are raking in the donations. They raised $1 million across California on Monday and Tuesday alone.
Opponents of Proposition 46 have been especially successful, bringing in more than $6 million since the 24-hour reporting rule went into effect on August 6 – more than any other campaign and 16 times as much as backers of the initiative.
Meanwhile, independent expenditures are already under way in the ideologically charged race for state superintendent of public instruction, and in the 65th Assembly District, where Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton faces perhaps the year’s toughest reelection.
If you’d like to keep track of the growing flood of late contributions and see where independent groups are spending, The Bee’s Capitol Alert Insider Edition app has got you covered. Our new campaign finance section is updated daily with the following:
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Contributions: Who’s getting, who’s giving and how much.
Top donors: The businesses, unions, and PAC’s donating the most campaign cash.
Top recipients: The candidates, ballot measures, and party committees getting the most money.
Independent expenditures: The latest IE’s in statewide and legislative races.
Top IE contests: The races that have the most IE activity.
Top IE committees: The IE groups spending the most money.
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