Tens of millions of state campaign dollars changed hands in the run-up to California’s Nov. 4 election, with a select group of donors generating many of the contributions, based on a tally of late contribution filings with the secretary of state’s office.
New and amended contributions continue to trickle in. As of this week, the Democratic State Central Committee led the way in donations in the three months before the election, with almost $10.5 million in contributions. Much of the money went to Democratic legislative campaigns, as the party struggled (unsuccessfully, as it turned out) to keep its two-thirds super-majorities in both houses.
The second-largest donor was Table Mountain Rancheria, which operates a casino near Friant. The tribe was a big donor to the campaign to defeat Proposition 48, the referendum on a tribal compact that would allow a casino in nearby Madera.
The campaign committee of Gov. Jerry Brown, who had an easy run for re-election, donated $5.2 million to a campaign committee to pass Propositions 1 and 2, the water bond and rainy-day reserve ballot measures championed by the governor. Brown’s re-election committee was the eighth-largest donor.
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The chart below shows the top-15 donors to state campaign committees from Aug. 1 on. Hover over a bubble for more information.