Dollar, Dollar, Bill

Making sense of California's campaign finance data.

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These lines begin with each campaign or ballot measure's last reported cash-on-hand and then adds late contributions. This provides a measure of the resources a campaign has at its disposal. But, keep in mind that campaigns are always spending money, which we can't see. This also does not include all contributions, as campaigns are only required to report contributions over $1,000 in the final stretch of an election. For ballot measures, all committees supporting or opposing a measure are summed together. See the Notes tab for more information.

Past Three Days' Reported Contributions

Top Late Contributors - Pavley (D)
Democratic State Central Committee Of CA$1,022,432.09
San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee-state$95,000.00
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee$70,000.00
Northern CA Carpenters Regional Council$15,600.00
Ca Teachers Association/ Assn For Better Citizenship$15,600.00
Committee On Pol. Education CA Labor Fed. Afl-cio (small Cont. Comm.)$15,600.00
Ca State Council Of Service Employees (small Contributor Committee)$15,600.00
SEIU United Healthcare Workers West Pac$15,600.00
Ca League Of Conservation Voters$14,600.00
Service Employees Int'l Union Local 1000$11,700.00
See All Contributions

Top Late Contributors - Zink (R)
San Luis Obispo County Republican Party$1,033,124.53
Calif. Republican Party$183,896.70
Sacramento County Republican Party$79,227.10
Calif. Republican Leadership Fund$73,139.98
Stanislaus County Republican Party$68,680.00
Tulare County Republican Party$25,683.50
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. Small Contributor Committee$8,800.00
Cta Truck Unit Pac$7,800.00
Abbott Laboratories Employee Pac$7,800.00
Calif. American Council Of Engineering Companies Pac$7,800.00
See All Contributions

IEs supporting a candidate or ballot measure are counted as positive dollar amounts; IEs opposing a candidate are counted as negative dollar amounts. An initial expenditure in support raises a candidate's line, but a if some other group spends in opposition to that candidate, it knocks that candidate's line back down.

Past Three Days' Reported IEs

Top Independent Spenders
Citizens Against Wasteful Spending$752,097.34
CA Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee$611,554.25
CA Senior Advocates League Pac$317,293.75
CA Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists.$213,557.61
Californians For Civil Justice Reform Pac, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of CA$83,870.60
CA Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee$79,740.64
Truck Unit PAC Sponsored By The CA Trucking Association$42,747.30
CA Statewide Law Enforcement Association (cslea) Independent Expenditure Committee (iec)$40,970.66
CA Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Independent Expenditure Committee$29,773.08
CA League Of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee$28,000.00

  1. There is no partisan angle to Dollar, Dollar, Bill. It's true that I work in state politics as a Democrat, but this project is completely objective and without commentary.
  2. The data driving these charts is derived from the Secretary of State's website. So the quality of my data is only as good as what I can get from them, and they are known for making mistakes. Additionally, filers often make mistakes and/or report late. Sometimes dustups like this happen, which can skew data. But -- if you see an error and really think it's my fault, let me know.
  3. Data in the Campaign Resources tab does not represent all of the money a campaign has on a given day, but it is the best estimate we can make. Campaigns are periodically required to disclose the amount of cash-on-hand they have (schedule). In addition to those reports, during the 90 days before Election Day, campaigns must report contributions totaling $1,000 or more within 24 hours of receiving them. These are commonly referred to as "late contributions." The Campaign Resources chart plots each campaign's last official cash-on-hand amount and adds each day's reported late contributions. This gives the best possible estimate of how much cash a campaign has on a given day. For ballot measures in that tab, all of the committees supporting or opposing a ballot measure are summed together and the same summation is done.
  4. This project is wholly unconnected with my job at the Legislature. It's also run on my own server and received no public money.

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