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MapLight, a 501(c)3 research organization that tracks money in politics, conducted an analysis of the “Top 20” contributors to committees for and against California’s ballot propositions in 2014.

MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the ballot measure committees associated with measures on California’s November ballot from January 1, 2013 – October 17, 2014. Top contributor figures are based on itemized records, aggregated by employer for individual donors and by affiliate organization for political action committees. Total raised figures are based on summaries submitted by ballot measure committees in Form 460 reports. All numbers are based on latest data made available by the California Secretary of State as of October 17, 2014.


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(90% of the Top Contributors had the desired outcome for their respective ballot proposition(s)) 

Rank Top 20 Contributors to CA Ballot Propositions

  1. ย Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. $20,015,350ย 
    ย – Opposes Props 45 and 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  2. Wellpoint, Inc. and affiliated entities $12,500,000
    – Opposes Prop 45 (SUCCEEDED)
  3. Table Mountain Rancheria $10,953,772ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 48ย (SUCCEEDED)
  4. Cooperative of American Physicians $10,168,704ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  5. The Doctors Company $10,111,200ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  6. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) $10,038,400ย 
    ย – Supports Props 1 and 2, opposes Prop 45 (SUCCEEDED)
  7. Norcal Mutual Insurance Company $10,000,000ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  8. Health Net $5,837,700ย 
    – Supports Props 1 and 2, opposes Prop 45 (SUCCEEDED)
  9. California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems $5,500,000ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  10. California Medical Association $5,262,225ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  11. Medical Insurance Exchange of California $5,000,000ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  12. Brigade Capital Management, LLC through affiliated entities $3,666,780ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 48 (SUCCEEDED)
  13. Brown for Governor 2014 $3,367,202ย 
    ย – Supports Props 1 and 2 (SUCCEEDED)
  14. California Dental Association $2,252,709ย 
    ย – Supports Props 1 and 2, opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  15. The Dentists Insurance Company $1,620,000ย 
    ย – Opposes Prop 46 (SUCCEEDED)
  16. Open Society Policy Center $1,460,112ย 
    ย – Supports Prop 47 (SUCCEEDED)
  17. Public Storage $1,255,000ย 
    ย – Supports Prop 47 (SUCCEEDED)
  18. California Nurses Association $1,127,750ย 
    ย – Supports Props 45 and 46 (FAILED)
  19. Consumer Attorneys of California $1,108,000ย 
    ย – Supports Prop 46 (FAILED)
  20. Parker, Sean $1,100,500ย 
    ย – Supports Props 1, 2 and 47 (SUCCEEDED)
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