34

Death penalty

Election results

Votes Pct.
Yes 4,334,969 47.2%
No 4,843,264 52.8%

If it passes

Proposition 34 would end the death penalty in California and replace it — both for newly convicted inmates and, retroactively, for those who are already on death row — with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

In a nod to victims' rights advocates, it would also create a special fund for local law enforcement agencies. Over the course of four years, the Legislature would allocate $30 million annually from the general fund ($10 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year) to this special fund, which would be intended to speed the arrest rate for homicide and rape.

The money would be offset by savings from the elimination of the death penalty, estimated to be as high as $184 million a year.

— Los Angeles Times

Official summary and analysis

Editorial: The Times' take

Tracking the money

A total of 4,533 individual contributions have been made to seven committees supporting and opposing Proposition 34, raising $9,049,018. About 95% 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.

Support
$8,628,164
Oppose
$420,855
Support contributions by state
$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
+
State Amount %
California $5,657,590 65.6%
Out of state $2,970,573 34.4%
Opposition contributions by state
$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
+
State Amount %
California $420,355 99.9%
Out of state $500 0.1%
Single contributions by size
Support
Oppose
Largest single contributions in support
# Name Date Amount
1 Open Society Policy Center Nov. 15, 2012 $500,000
2 Nicholas Pritzker Aug. 15, 2012 $500,000
3 the Atlantic Advocacy Fund Aug. 15, 2012 $500,000
4 the Atlantic Advocacy Fund July 17, 2012 $500,000
5 Nicholas Pritzker Oct. 19, 2011 $500,000
6 ACLU of Northern California, Inc. Nov. 1, 2012 $300,000
7 M Quinn Delaney April 11, 2012 $250,000
8 Nick McKeown Nov. 2, 2012 $150,000
9 Emerson Collective, LLC June 18, 2012 $150,000
10 Denise A Foderaro Nov. 2, 2012 $125,000
Largest single contributions in opposition
# Name Date Amount
1 Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Issues Committee (Porac Pic) July 17, 2012 $75,000
2 Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Issues Committee (Porac Pic) Aug. 15, 2012 $56,467
3 San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Oct. 8, 2012 $25,000
4 Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Issues Committee (Porac Pic) Oct. 4, 2012 $25,000
5 Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Issues Committee (Porac Pic) May 22, 2012 $25,000
6 Association For Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs Sept. 17, 2012 $20,000
7 Los Angeles Police Protective League's (Lappl) Public Safety First Political Action Committee Oct. 19, 2012 $10,000
8 California Association of Highway Patrolmen Oct. 16, 2012 $10,000
9 Diane Lake Oct. 8, 2012 $10,000
10 Los Angeles Police Protective League's (Lappl) Public Safety First Political Action Committee Oct. 5, 2012 $10,000

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* The totals for contributions to Proposition 34 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.

Credits: Lorena Iniguez Elebee, Stephanie Ferrell, Robert Greene, Alexandra LeTellier, Maloy Moore, Anthony Pesce, Ben Welsh.

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