Proposition 31 is sponsored by the bipartisan reform group California Forward. The measure would shift some decision-making power from the state to local governments and from the Legislature to the governor, in part by giving the governor new unilateral power to cut state spending in case of a fiscal emergency if the Legislature fails to act.
It would make it harder for the Legislature to pass some bills and would require lawmakers to spend time overseeing and evaluating state programs. Budgeting would move from an annual to a two-year cycle. Cities, counties and other local governments would be able to reject some state regulations in favor of their own, and local governments would get new power to allocate property taxes among themselves.
— Los Angeles Times
A total of 228 individual contributions have been made to four committees supporting and opposing Proposition 31, raising $5,998,356. About 89% of the money raised has been to support the proposition. The list below shows the top individual contributions supporting and opposting the measure. Follow the links for additional detail.
|Out of state||$65,100||1.2%|
|Out of state||$145,025||22.5%|
|1||Nicolas Berggruen Institute Trust||Feb. 6, 2012||$1,200,000|
|2||Californians For Government Accountability, Sponsored By California Forward Issues Action Fund||Feb. 2, 2012||$883,567|
|3||California Forward||Jan. 10, 2012||$450,000|
|4||Nicolas Berggruen Institute Trust||March 8, 2012||$300,000|
|5||Californians For Government Accountability, Sponsored By California Forward Issues Action Fund||Feb. 29, 2012||$300,000|
|6||California Forward Action Fund||Aug. 1, 2012||$250,000|
|7||Michael Marston||Oct. 18, 2012||$124,700|
|8||Michael Marston||Oct. 1, 2012||$111,000|
|9||Emerson Collective, LLC||Oct. 11, 2012||$100,000|
|10||Thomas McKernan Jr.||Feb. 1, 2012||$100,000|
|1||American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees California People Issues PAC||Sept. 14, 2012||$75,000|
|2||United Food and Commercial Workers||Oct. 26, 2012||$50,000|
|3||CA State Council of Service Employees Issues Committee||Oct. 23, 2012||$50,000|
|4||California Teachers Union||Oct. 23, 2012||$50,000|
|5||Working Families Issues Commitee, Sponsored By the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO||Aug. 22, 2012||$50,000|
|6||National Education Association||Oct. 26, 2012||$35,304|
|7||Working Families Issues Commitee, Sponsored By the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO||Dec. 6, 2012||$30,000|
|8||AFL-CIO||Oct. 19, 2012||$30,000|
|9||Californians For Clean Energy And Jobs, Sponsored By Environmental Organizations And Business For Clean Energy And Jobs||Aug. 3, 2012||$30,000|
|10||Working Families Issues Commitee, Sponsored By the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO||Aug. 2, 2012||$30,000|
* The totals for contributions to Proposition 31 include those from one committee working to support or oppose multiple propositions. The $354,920 raised is included in the totals for each proposition. This could skew the totals reported here.
* Committees campaigning for or against a proposition can contribute money to other committees working to support or oppose any of the propositions on the November ballot. To date, this committee-to-committee giving accounts for about $20.4 million. Also, totals for propositions do not include unitemized contributions under $100.