Special interests spend $1 billion in California
March 11, 2010
A new analysis by the Fair Political Practices Committee indicates that special interests have dropped approximately $1 billion on electioneering in California this last decade. [Contra Costa Times]
Labor unions, Indian tribes, and pharmaceutical companies have contributed the most money to political campaigns and paid the highest in lobbying fees in the state since 2000.
A combined 15 interest groups spent the money. The California Teachers Association ($211.8 million) tops the list, followed by California State Council of Service Employees ($107.4 million), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ($104.9 million), Morongo Band of Mission Indians ($83.6 million) and Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians ($69.2 million).
Pacific Gas & Electric ($69.2 million) followed closely behind on the list.