A new campaign finance web site is circulating the Capitol Twitterverse. Dollar, Dollar, Bill allows users to see in graphic format how contributions are stacking up in California political races. The site scans the Secretary of State's database every 20 minutes and displays contributions to campaigns and IEs associated with legislative races and ballot measures.
The tool is the brainchild of Ryan Hughes, a staffer in the office of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. Hughes says Dollar, Dollar, Bill is nonpartisan. "This project is completely objective and without commentary," he said in a statement announcing the site. "It's designed to give everyone an intuitive look at how much money is being raised and spent in our elections."
Speaking of campaigns, Gov. Jerry Brown will criss cross the state today. He'll spend the morning in San Francisco stumping for Proposition 30 . In the afternoon, the man newspaper columnist Mike Royko once dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" will head to Pasadena to tour NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Speaking of cash, a noon-time fair outside the Capitol will kick off the annual drive for state employees to give charitable contributions through payroll deductions, a process that now generates $6.9 million for nonprofit groups throughout the state. More than 100 nonprofits will be displaying their causes and asking state employees for support.
Back under the dome, the end-of-session march continues in both houses. The floor session gavel comes down in the Assembly and Senate at 10 a.m.