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Political Road Map: California campaign spending broke records in 2016 — expect more of the same in 2018

Political Road Map: California campaign spending broke records in 2016 — expect more of the same in 2018

Baseball fans are cheering the arrival of spring training, the first chance to see what’s in store for the long season ahead. And there’s another big-money enterprise limbering up: California statewide political campaigns.

Candidates and ballot measure supporters alike know that a strong message may not prevail on election day without a lot of money. And that could be particularly daunting in 2018 for interest groups and activists eyeing initiative campaigns after a political season that set a new spending record.

An analysis by The Times finds that more than $488.8 million was spent on California ballot measures in 2016, far surpassing any previous...

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