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Spilt Milk: Who’s Giving

California special interest groups this year gave more than $32 million to independent campaign committees that are not subject to contribution limits. The independent campaigns helped a couple of candidates for statewide office and five others running for legislative seats. The bulk of the money, $14.7 million, was used to help Treasurer Phil Angelides’ run for governor in the primary and general elections. (Dan Morain)
In the category: Why bother? Controller Steve Westly spent $43 million on his failed bid to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Last Friday, four days before the election, he came through with a donation to Treasurer Phil Angelides, the man who beat him. Amount: $2,500. (Dan Morain)
There was much speculation that organized labor was tapped out after spending $100 million to defeat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s package of initiatives in 2005. The final numbers aren’t in yet. But so far this year, labor has muscled up for another $36.7 million. (Dan Morain)
Turning the tables on bill collectors, California politicians collected $154,400 this year from collection agencies and their political action committee, the California Assn. of Collectors. Collectors pushed various bills, including one signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger requiring the state to better track unpaid debts. Schwarzenegger’s slice: $22,000. (Dan Morain)
As the Bakersfield Californian notes, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s visit this week to the Republican-rich city was his seventh of the year. Maybe he’s a Buck Owens fan. Maybe the draw is a buck of a different sort. The governor has collected $269,600 from donors with a Bakersfield address this year. Democratic challenger Phil Angelides take: about $5,000. (Dan Morain)
The campaign against Proposition 85, which would require parental notification before minors obtain abortions, gets 72% of its $5.2 million from Planned Parenthood. But Hollywood notables are among the other donors, including: Danny DeVito, $5,500; Candace Bergen, $2,500; and Susan Sarandon and Jason Alexander, $500 each. (Dan Morain)
Ghosts and goblins don’t donate, but their associates do. Funeral directors and mortuary operations, which are regulated by the state, have handed out treats in the form of $26,589 to candidates this year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has collected $3,000, and got $10,000 from an Anaheim mortuary two years ago. No telling what tricks politicians performed. (Dan Morain)
Proposition 90, which would change California’s eminent domain property laws, is almost exclusively funded by Howard Rich, a libertarian real estate developer in New York who is sponsoring similar measures nationwide. Rich gave $3.4 million of the campaign’s $3.8 million. Conservative Orange County donor Howard Ahmanson Jr. and Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Nigel) chipped in another $255,200. (Dan Morain)
Proposition 89 would raise corporate taxes by $200 million to create public campaign financing and limit private donations — particularly those of business. The California Chamber of Commerce-led opposition campaign has raised $4.1 million — $2 million of which has come from the insurance industry and energy producers. (Times research)
The California Nurses Assn. puts its money where its initiative is. The union has dumped $3.7 million into Proposition 89, its proposal to create public campaign financing and limit private contributions. Overall, the Yes-on-89 campaign has raised $4 million — $19,715 has been in amounts of $100 or less. (Times research)
The late great San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen used to call it Boringame. But for prospecting politicians, Burlingame is not sleepy. Because it is the headquarters of the California Teachers Assn., it places 7th on this year’s list of the biggest sources of campaign money: $17.3 million and counting. (Times research)
California’s most famous ZIP Code is Beverly Hills’ 90210. But politicians seeking cash much perfer 95814, which surrounds the state Capitol. The downtown Sacramento ZIP has accounted for $81 million in campaign cash so far this year. Rodeo Drive and environs account for a mere $3.8 million. (Times research)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t fly coach. In the three months ending Sept. 30, his campaign spent $733,086 on NetJets, an executive aviation firm owned by friend and donor Richard Santulli. Treasurer Phil Angelides, Schwarzenegger’s Democratic foe, generally flies commercial, spending $85,025. And, his campaign says, he doesn’t even eat the peanuts. (Times research)
What’s this year’s biggest out-of-state source for California campaign money? Washington, D.C.? New York? Not close. It’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina, thanks to the $20.6 million that tobacco has spent to defeat the Proposition 86 cigarette tax. D.C. lags with $7.7 million. New York City accounts for a mere $5 million. (Times research)
What’s this year’s biggest out-of-state source for California campaign money? Washington, D.C.? New York? Not close. It’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina, thanks to the $20.6 million that tobacco has spent to defeat the Proposition 86 cigarette tax. D.C. lags with $7.7 million. New York City accounts for a mere $5 million. (Times research)
Individuals can only give $22,300 to gubernatorial candidates, but they can give all they want to ballot measure accounts. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has such an account and last week it got $250,000 from Clean Energy, Inc., a company controlled by Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens. Overall, Pickens and his associates have given the governor over $1 million. (Times research)
State law caps direct donations to legislators at $3,300. But donors can give unlimited sums to legislators’ special accounts used to promote ballot measures. Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) has taken $990,700 into his special fund this year. The California Teachers Assn. chipped in $200,000 last month. (Times research)
Local titans Eli Broad, Ron Burkle and David Geffen would like to buy the Los Angeles Times. They also put their money into politics, with a combined $8 million in donations to state campaigns since 2000. Burkle and Broad, who gave $22,300 to Gov. Schwarzenegger recently, are bipartisan givers. Geffen sides with Democrats. (Times research)
For the second time in two weeks, Proposition 87 set an all-time money record. Last week, real estate heir Stephen Bing became the biggest individual initiative donor ever, giving $40 million to Proposition 87’s oil tax. This week, opposition oil companies reached $52.7 million. The latest combined total: an unprecedented $98.4 million. (Times research)
The California Teachers Assn. is a political powerhouse without question. In addition to spending millions on campaigns, the union since 2000 has spent more on lobbying state officials than any other single interest group, $24.5 million, as of June 30. Next biggest: AT&T, at $18.7 million. (Times research)
Jerry Brown, a candidate for Attorney General, has been a governor, mayor, presidential contender, a man in search of the meaning of life — and more. He’s a coin collector who owns a very rare 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent. In politics, he collects coin from coin dealers — $24,950 this year. (Times research)
In the most financially lopsided contest for state office, Democratic Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, running for state treasurer, had $10.5 million in the bank on July 1, and he’s raised $285,000 since then. Claude Parrish, his Republican foe, had $205,000 on July 1. Since then, he’s raised $89,000. (Times research)
California has a new record holder for the most money ever spent by an individual on a single ballot measure. Real estate heir Stephen L. Bing is preparing to drop $13.5 million into Yes-on-Proposition 87, which would raise oil taxes to fund alternative energy projects. That would bring his total to about $40 million. ()
In baseball tonight, the Los Angeles Angels face the first-place Oakland A’s. In politics, Angels owner Arte Moreno is ahead. Moreno has given $45,000 to GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, compared to $24,000 from the A’s Lewis Wolff. Wolff, though, is a political switch hitter, who’s also given $11,200 to Oakland’s Democratic mayor and attorney general candidate, Jerry Brown. ()
Hewlett Packard’s internal problems haven’t slowed its campaign donations. The tech giant gave $25,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week, raising its grand total for contributions given to all of the governor’s campaigns to $380,000. Democratic rival Phil Angelides has received $8,000. ()
Democrat Al Checchi’s 1998 record for the most money spent per vote in a governor’s race — $53 — is safe this year. Millionaire Steve Westly approached $33 per vote in this year’s Democratic primary. This November, the candidates will fall well short of record territory. (Times research)
Labor unions are meeting in Sacramento Thursday to discuss their investment in the governor’s race. Already this year, labor accounts for $3.1 million, or nearly a quarter of the campaign war chest for Phil Angelides, the Democratic candidate. For GOP incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger (a member of the Screen Actors Guild): $0. (Times research)
Politics is becoming a millionaire’s club. Arnold Schwarzenegger has dipped into his pocket for $25 million since 2001, when he entered the political arena by pusing a ballot initiative. This year, he’s had a free ride. But rival Phil Angelides, a wealthy developer, spent $1.5 million from his personal account to help win the Democratic primary. (Times research)
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides thinks anybody who does business with public pension funds should be barred from giving campaign money to people like himself, who serve on the state pension boards. Meanwhile, though, he’s raised $5 million from those sources — and counting. (Times research)
In the race for governor, the entertainment industry is forced to choose between its traditionally liberal heart and a Republican who is one of its own. The winner: Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose Tinsel Town donors include Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Merv Griffin. Siding with Democrat Phil Angelides are Norman Lear and Rob Reiner. (Times research)