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Election 2020

At a Glance: See the Biggest Spenders in California’s Prop Battles

Californians are voting on 12 propositions, but not all are funded equally. Just take a look at that fat slab of lilac in the graphic below.

No surprise for even the most dimly engaged Californians who have been bombarded with ads for weeks now: Funding for Proposition 22, a measure to exempt gig-economy companies from a new state labor law, dwarfs just about everything else. To date, its yes campaign has raised nearly $188 million. That’s $3 of every $10 that’s been spent for or against any proposition on the November 2020 ballot.

Now click that lilac band to zoom in. You’ll see that the majority of that funding is coming from three companies: Uber, Lyft and Doordash. The bulk of opposition funding comes from unions such as the United Food & Commercial Workers and the Service Employees International Union.

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Other big-money battles: Prop. 23, which would tighten regulations on kidney dialysis clinics; Prop. 21, which would give cities the ability to expand rent control; and Prop. 15, which would increase property taxes on many businesses.

And if you don’t see Propositions 17 and 18, look closer — they’re there, as slivers. Evidently no deep-pocketed interests want to fight over voting rights for parolees and 17-year-olds.

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Ben Christopher, CalMatters

Ben covers California politics and elections for CalMatters.

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