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For Immediate Release  

For More Information, contact:

Friday, March 3, 2000  

Kim Alexander or Saskia Mills


(916) 325-2120;

California Proposition Campaigns Raise Over $150 Million

Top ten donors available at

Sacramento, California -- Proponents and opponents of California's twenty propositions have raised over $150 million, according to research compiled and released today by the California Voter Foundation. The research is available online at:

Propositions 30 and 31 are the most expensive measures on the March 7 ballot, with $55.4 million raised for and against the two measures as of February 19, followed by Prop. 1A, at $22.3 million, and Prop. 26 at $22 million. Prop 22, an initiative that would ban gay marriage in California, ranked as the fourth most expensive measure on the ballot, with $14.8 million raised by both sides. Proposition campaigns reported raising a total of $140.7 million as of February 19, and an additional $10 million has been raised between Feb. 20 - March 3 in late contributions.

"California's airwaves are flooded right now with television advertisements urging a 'yes' or 'no' vote on propositions," said Kim Alexander, President of the California Voter Foundation. "T.V advertising costs millions of dollars in California. Voters can find out who's paying for all those ads at"

CVF's web site lists the Top Ten donors supporting and opposing each proposition campaign. The list includes the donor's city, state, occupation, employer and the total amount contributed. The site also provides summary figures for each measure, showing the total amount raised and spent by each side since the beginning of the campaign, including costs to qualify the measures.

"Voters need help sorting out all these propositions and can cut to the chase by following the money," Alexander said. Prop 30 is supported by trial lawyers and opposed, along with Prop. 31, by insurance companies. 30 and 31 are two referenda measures that, if defeated by voters, would repeal two laws favored by trial lawyers and approved by the Legislature that would expand the right to sue insurance companies if claims are delayed. Prop 1A is supported by Indian tribes seeking to amend California's constitution to allow casino-style gambling on California tribal lands. Prop 26 is supported by the state teachers' union and high tech entrepreneurs who are seeking a change in state law that would make it easier to pass local school bonds.

CVF's web site, at, offers many services to voters looking for reliable election information, including the California Online Voter Guide, an election portal with links to over 250 campaign web sites, and "The Proposition Song", an animated sing-along presentation providing a musical overview of all 20 California propositions. "People are busy, and this is a very confusing election. Our web site helps voters understand their choices and prepare to make informed decisions on March 7," Alexander said.

The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advancing new technologies to improve democracy. CVF's election 2000 projects are supported with grants from the Gerbode Foundation, the Arkay Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Hewlett Foundation, and contributions from members. For more information, visit


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