5 things to know: California’s plastic bag vote
Newly minted proposition numbers in hand, campaign committees supporting or opposing measures on California’s November ballot raised millions of dollars in the days following last month’s initiative qualification deadline.
Getting the most money was a campaign committee opposing Proposition 52, which reported more than $8 million in contributions from SEIU United Healthcare Workers West last Wednesday.
Backed by hospitals, Proposition 52 would lock in a funding stream from a state-approved fee. The measure qualified more than a year ago and, until last week, there had been no sign of possible deep-pocketed opposition.
“We are opposing Prop. 52,” SEIU-UHW spokesman Steve Trossman said Friday. Earlier this year, SEIU-UHW gathered signatures to qualify measures to raise the minimum wage and limit compensation for hospital executives, but neither will be on the ballot.
Also reporting a big check last week was the campaign supporting Proposition 61, which would limit how much the state could pay for drug purchases.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation gave another $5 million to the effort, and the California Nurses Association donated $50,000, more than doubling what proponents had raised to date.
The campaign to legalize marijuana, meanwhile, received another $2 million. Businessman Sean Parker gave $1.25 million to the yes-on-Proposition 64 effort and a pro-legalization committee, the Washington, D.C.-based New Approach PAC, donated $725,000.
Another pair of November measures also took in large contributions. Houston-based plastic bag manufacturer Superbag Corp. gave $128,000 to the campaign committee supporting Proposition 65, which would redirect bag sale revenue arising from the state law restricting plastic shopping bags, and opposing Proposition 67, a referendum on the state law.
Also, Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to change the parole system received $100,000 from Santa Ana-based MP Biomedicals.