Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 17, 2015

  • Various campaign committees collected about $102 million in 2013-14
  • Labor unions were top category of giver, mainly to Democrats
  • Fundraising filings for the first half of 2015 are due July 31

California’s 120 lawmakers reflect a variety of life experiences, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and types of districts they represent. There also are differences in where they raise their campaign money.

During the 2013-2014 election cycle, current members of the California Legislature raised almost $102 million from 82,000 donations to more more than 350 campaign committees, according to filings with the California secretary of state. Lawmakers have to file financial reports covering the first half of 2015 in a few weeks.

Labor unions gave almost one-fifth of the money raised by lawmakers during the last cycle, the most of any category of donor. That shouldn’t be too surprising because the Legislature’s majority Democrats and organized labor traditionally are the closest of allies.

Ranking second in contributions to current lawmakers, at 12 percent, were health plans, drugmakers, hospitals and other health interests.

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