October 12, 2006
State Ballot Measures in 2005 spark $466 million in contributions
"As they have in past years, high-dollar donors dominated giving to ballot measure committees in nine states in 2005 elections. Just 77 organizations or businesses and 11 individuals gave one-quarter of the $466 million raised in the cycle, a new analysis of giving to ballot-measure committees found.
The study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics reports that $116.8 million of the total raised came from these givers. Among them, the pharmaceutical industry stood out, distributing more than $96 million to committees involved in tort reform, tax limits and prescription-drug policy in several states.
The report, “State Ballot Measures, 2005,” analyzed contributions to committees formed to support or oppose ballot measures on issues ranging from tax limits and tort reform to redistricting and prescription-drug plans."
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