Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Wow! And They Wanted The Ballot Initiative Here?

This is unbelievable! In California, $83 million was spent on Proposition 8!

Donors spent over $83M in Prop. 8 Race
The Monterey County Herald

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Donors gave more than $83 million to support or oppose the ballot initiative that abolished same-sex marriage in California, according to campaign disclosure reports made public Monday.

The new filings cover the weeks immediately before and after the Nov. 4 election. They show that elected officials, businesses, churches and individuals poured more than $28 million into the race during the contest's closing days.

The final tallies show that opponents of Proposition 8 raised $43.3 million in 2008 and had a little more than $730,000 left on hand at year's end. The measure's sponsors raised $39.9 million and had $983,000 left over.

I wish there was a break down of how much of that $83 million came from out of state donations. It would have been interesting see just what the percentage of out-of-state donations was.

On last November ballot here in Connecticut was a ballot question about holding a Constitutional Convention and one of the arguments in favor of amending the state Constitution was to add a ballot initiative to the Constitution. I am glad that it was defeated; I do not think that we want a ballot by pocketbook here in Connecticut.

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