Funding for California’s Prop. 23 a National Affair

admin | October 08, 2010

Campaign finance data as of 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. Locations determinations based on campaign finance reports from the California Secretary of State Web site.

According to contributions data from the latest campaign finance filings from the California Secretary of State Web site, the major donors in support of Proposition 23 have been from oil and gas interests, such as Valero and Tesoro, as well as fiscally conservative advocacy organizations such as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Based on analysis of this data, roughly 70 percent of the $8,398,509 that has been donated as of Oct. 7th are from sources outside of California, including:

  • $4,075,315 from Valero Services Inc. (Texas)
  • $1,000,000 from Flint Hills Resources (Kansas)
  • $498,000 from the Adam Smith Foundation (Missouri)
  • $100,000 from the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (Washington D.C.)
  • $50,000 from Frontier Oil (Colorado)

The major contributors in opposition to Proposition 23 are, for the most part, a combination of individual donors, environmental advocacy groups, and renewable energy interests. Analysis of these donors shows that just 15 percent of the $15,695,276 received are from sources out of state. Most of this out of state money comes from large contributions made by individuals, with one renewable energy interest exception:  

  • $500,000 from Julian H. Robertson Jr. (New York)
  • $400,000 from Hannelore Grantham (Massachusetts)
  • $400,000 from Susan Mandel (Connecticut)
  • $250,000 from Nicolas Berggruen (New York)
  • $100,000 from Nancy Burnett (Washington)
  • $100,000 from Greentech Capital Advisors (New York)

For more information on Prop. 23, check out's Prop. 23 Issue Page