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By From page A3 | November 16, 2012

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, more than $392 million dollars was poured into campaigns for and against different propositions on the November ballot. Their site lists contributions of $10,000 or more for the period of Jan. 1, 2011 to Nov. 4, 2012.

However, since some groups often donate towards more than one proposition, while the total amount given by the group is correct, the distribution of money to different propositions may not be. (A detailed list of donations and contributors can be seen at the Website fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=14.)

Proposition 30, which raised taxes to fund education, received donations of $61.4 million in favor. Against were $51.7 million. The proposition passed.

Proposition 31, which would have changed the way state and local governments budget, received donations in favor $5.1 million. Against were $597,000. The proposition failed.

Proposition 32, which would have prohibited unions, corporations, and government contractors from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes, received donations of $48.7 million in favor of. Against were $70.7 million. The proposition failed.

Proposition 33, which would have allowed auto insurance to be based on a driver’s history, received donations of $17 million in favor of. Against were $253,046. The proposition failed.

Proposition 34, which would have abolished the death penalty, received donations of $6.6 million in favor of. Against were $307,967. The proposition failed.

Proposition 35, which increased the penalties for human trafficking, received donations of $3.4 million in favor of. Against none. The proposition passed.

Proposition 36, which softened the three strikes law, received donations of $2.7 million in favor of. Against were $110,000. The proposition passed.

Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of products containing genetically modified food, received donations of $8.3 million in favor of. Against were $45.7 million. The proposition failed.

Proposition 38 donations, which would have increased taxes to go toward schools, early childhood education programs, and reducing state debt, received donations of $33.3 million in favor of. Against were $33,500. The proposition failed.

Proposition 39, which required multistate businesses to pay income taxes based on the percentage of their sales in California with the revenues devoted to clean/efficient energy projects for five years, received donations of $33.3 million. Against were none. The proposition passed.

Proposition 40, which required that new State Senate districts be drawn by a Citizens Redistricting Commission, received donations of $2.9 in favor of. Against none. The proposition passed.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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