California’s population makes up 12 percent of the total US population. California has the second lowest smoking prevalence rate in the nation. So why did tobacco industry spending on campaign contributions in California account for 71 percent of the total spending on campaign contributions in all 50 states combined?
A 2007 report, Tough Times for Tobacco, by the National Institute on Money in State Politics compares the spending of the tobacco industry in all 50 states during the 2005-2006 election cycle. The results for California are staggering and not in a good way. Out of the nearly $96 million total spent in all 50 states on contributions for state ballot measures, state level legislators and state party committees, more than two-thirds of that money ($68.59 million) was spent in California. Read More