FROM:   Saskia Mills, CVF Managing Director
DATE:   October 10, 2000
RE:   CA Prop Campaigns Raise $82 Million through 9/30/00

Hi Folks,

We are pleased to announce the release of our updated Top Ten Donor List for California propositions, including money raised through September 30, 2000, for and against each proposition on November's ballot. The top ten list and summary figures are available online at:

California proposition campaigns raised $82.5 million through September 30 to support and oppose the eight measures on the November 7th ballot, according to the California Voter Foundation's most recent analysis. The most expensive campaign so far is Prop 38, the school voucher initiative, with committees raising a combined total of $39.7 million, comprising nearly half of the money raised to date for all of the measures. Prop 39, which would lower the vote requirement needed to pass local school bonds from two thirds to 55 percent, ranked as the second most expensive measure with a total of $21.8 million raised. Committees supporting and opposing Prop 35, a measure that would allow state agencies to contract with private firms on public works projects, raised $14.5 million, ranking third.

The total amount raised for and against November's eight measures is about the same as what had been raised by this time during the March 2000 primary election, when a total of twenty measures were on the ballot.

To learn more about the money behind these measures, visit CVF's top ten donors page (url above), where you will find the names of the top ten donors to each of the ballot measure campaigns, along with their occupations, cities, and amounts contributed so far. Don't forget that to see the full disclosure reports for each proposition committee, you can visit the Secretary of State's disclosure web site at CVF will update our top ten list and summary figures again when new reports are disclosed online later this month.

CVF is very pleased to be able to provide this timely data on our web site so early in the election season. Advances in Internet disclosure of campaign finance data are making it possible for us to research and analyze the money behind California politics faster than we ever could have before.

Finally, CVF wishes to thank the Carnegie Corporation for its support of our Follow the Money 2000 projects and our work to research and publish top ten donor lists for California propositions.

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