News: Spotlight on California

Campaign Cash Pours into California Ballot Measure Campaigns
As Californians prepare to vote on 12 statewide ballot measures, campaigns supporting and opposing the measures have already raised a record $700 million.
A Win for Transparency in California
A new California law requires local governments to post all campaign finance reports online rather than requiring voters track down paper records in-person at a government office.
Voter’s Edge California Launches to Guide Voters and Fight Misinformation
Voter's Edge California is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online voter guide in English and Spanish that provide voters with unbiased information on candidates and ballot measures, from the top of the ballot down to local races.
Voter’s Edge Launches Guide to Help Californians Vote in the March 3 Primary Election
Voter's Edge California, a comprehensive online voter guide in English and Spanish, launched today to provide voters with unbiased information on candidates and ballot measures from the top of the ticket down to the local level.
As Customers Lose Electrical Power, Bankrupt Utility Continues to Pay for Political Power
Pacific Gas & Electric, the California utility that’s shutting off power to hundreds of thousands of people to avoid sparking more catastrophic wildfires, has given almost $150,000 to federal candidates since filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.
MapLight President Testifies in Favor of Bill to Increase Local Campaign Finance Transparency
A new bill introduced in California by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R - Yuba City, would increase transparency into campaign finance records at the local level by requiring local election officials to post campaign finance records online within 48 hours of filing deadlines.  
California Ballot Measures – MapLight Follows the Money
With less than two weeks until the 2018 election, contributions to California’s 11 ballot measures have surpassed $350 million.
California Workers & Retirees Are Unwittingly Financing An Anti-Rent-Control Campaign
Campaign finance records show entities controlled by private equity giant Blackstone have been among the biggest sources of cash for opponents of a state ballot initiative to permit rent control measures.
MapLight and NBC Bay Area Highlight Oil and Gas Money in California Politics
An investigation by MapLight and NBC Bay Area found oil and gas interests have poured more than $180 million into California political campaigns since 2001.
Despite Concentration of Donations, California Net Neutrality Bill Awaits Brown’s Signature
The 11 California lawmakers who let amendments that would have gutted a landmark net neutrality measure pass through a key committee received almost $1 of every $6 contributed by internet service providers during the current election cycle.