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Political Watchdog says Campaign Contributions Rose in Final Election Weeks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 8, 2010

Fair Political Practices Commission chairman Dan Schnur says spending in the final weeks before the election was "astounding." Of the 140 million dollars that was spent on the nine ballot initiatives, more than a third came in the final three weeks. Schnur says it's important for voters to know where all that money is coming from.

"On one hand you certainly want to listen to what the candidates, and advocates, and opponents of ballot initiatives have to say, but if you know who's paying for all that political advertising, it gives you a level of insight that we think can be very, very useful."

Schnur estimates that half a billion dollars was spent this year on California's midterm election. Nearly two-hundred million of that was on the gubernatorial race, though the final figures won't be known until January.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman spent about 140 million dollars of her own money on the race, but lost to Democrat Jerry Brown - who spent significantly less.
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