The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
October 29, 2012
With just over a week before Election Day, the interests backing Proposition 32 and fighting Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, have raised $58 million, including a recent six-figure donation from a Texas oil man.
Meanwhile, the union-backed No on 32 side has raised $66 million.
The money highlights the role of special-interest independent expenditures in backing a measure that claims to be a check on special interests.
Separately, contributions to the Yes on 32 campaign committee total a relatively small $4.3 million as of today, according to state records. Most of the money came from individuals, including Stanford physicist Charles Munger Jr. and former Univision chief Jerry Perenchio. A few businesses also chipped in.
Another independent committee supporting Proposition 32, California Future Fund, received $4 million from Iowa PAC with reported ties to the Koch brothers.
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