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Proposition 26: In-person sports betting

Proposition 26 would legalize in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and horse racing tracks. It is being heavily backed by California's gaming tribes and opposed by gaming businesses. Committees involved in the race have raised more than $176.1 million, and largely spent it on TV advertising, a strategy that may have backfired for supporters of the measure.

Who has raised the most?

$132.3 million
contributed to committees that support Proposition 26
$43.8 million
contributed to committees that oppose Proposition 26

Where is the money coming from?

Who is supporting each side?

Major gaming tribes have poured money into supporting this proposition. Top spenders are the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria who contributed nearly $32 million, Pechanga Band of Indians with over $25 million, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation's $22 million. The contributions to support Proposition 26 went to a committee that is also spending to oppose Proposition 27.

The opposition is funded by casinos and gaming businesses and organizations. The biggest contributors are the California Commerce Club, Inc. which contributed $10 million, Hawaiian Gardens Casino also with $10 million, and Knighted Ventures LLC., a third-party provider of gaming services in California, which contributed $4 million.

How is the money being spent?

$126.4 million
spent by committees that
support Proposition 26
$43.8 million
spent by committees that
oppose Proposition 26

When committees report their financial activities to the state, they must include where donor contributions are spent. For committees with more than a single position, like the No on 26 & Yes on 27 committee, they do not need to report which position they have spent this money on.

According to a spokeswoman for the No on 26 & Yes on 27 committee, the joint committee has spent $11.6 million to oppose 26 with the rest spent to support 27.

Support Proposition 26
$126.4 million spent of $131.3 million candidate committee funds
Committee funds do not include nonmonetary contributions.

The committee to support 26 and oppose 27 has spent $88.3 million, the majority of its funds, on TV advertisements. They also spent $10.8 million on petitions.

Oppose Proposition 26
$43.8 million spent of $43.8 million candidate committee funds
Committee funds do not include nonmonetary contributions.

The committee to oppose 26 has spent $18.6 million on TV advertising and $8.6 million on internet and email messaging.

Proposition 27: Online sports betting

Proposition 27 would allow online sports betting to be offered by licensed tribes and gambling companies, including online companies. Gaming tribes who support 26 tend to oppose 27, fearing competition. Committees involved in the race have raised more than $418.5 million, and largely spent it on TV advertising.

Who has raised the most?

$169.1 million
contributed to committees that support Proposition 27
$249.4 million
contributed to committees that oppose Proposition 27

Where is the money coming from?

Who is supporting each side?

Proposition 27 is backed by the large online gambling companies. FanDuel leads with $35 million in contributions, Bet MGM has contributed $25 million, Penn Interactive Ventures, LLC, a gaming operator of casinos and racing facilities also donated $25 million, and DraftKings contributed $17.5 million.

Gaming tribes worry about the competition that this proposition would introduce, and they are putting a lot of money into the opposition. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians leads by far in contributions with over $103 million. Some of the contributions to oppose Propositon 27 went to a committee that is also spending to support Proposition 26.

How is the money being spent?

$151.2 million
spent by committees that
support Proposition 27
$237.7 million
spent by committees that
oppose Proposition 27
Support Proposition 27
$151.2 million spent of $168.5 million candidate committee funds
Committee funds do not include nonmonetary contributions.

The committee to support 27 has spent nearly $86 million on TV advertising that highlights revenue will go to homelessness and gambling addiction. More than $12 million has also been spent on petition circulating.

Oppose Proposition 27
$237.7 million spent of $248.6 million candidate committee funds
Committee funds do not include nonmonetary contributions.

The committee to support 26 and oppose 27 has spent $88.3 million, the majority of its funds, on TV advertisements. It has also spent close to $11 million on petition circulating. The committee to oppose 27 has also spent a vast amount on TV advertising, $73.3 million.

Funds raised for other ballot propositions
Proposition 1: Abortion protection
$16.2 million supporting
$333,000 opposing
Proposition 28: Increased arts funding for schools
$10.6 million supporting
$0 opposing
Proposition 30: Wealth tax for zero emission vehicles
$50.9 million supporting
$30.3 million opposing