Unions, real-estate agents, dentists and other special interests already have spent close to $3 million on independent efforts in legislative and statewide contests, with more than a month to go until the June 3 primary.
The 16th Assembly District in the San Francisco East Bay has had more than $1.3 million in independent expenditures, more than five times as much as any other contest.
An independent expenditure committee funded by the California Teachers Association and California Council of Service Employees has spent more than $326,000 backing Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and $64,000 opposing Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer.
But the California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee has spent more than $797,000 supporting Glazer, who also has received independent support from California charter schools ($108,716) and the Chamber of Commerce's JobsPAC ($48,042).
The race with the next-highest IE activity is Southern California's 26th Senate District. Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen, a Democrat, has received almost $199,000 in support from William E. Bloomfield, Jr., the chairman of Baron Real Estate. Doctor-backed committees have spent $65,000 to support Dr. Vito Imbasciani, a Democrat.
Here is a list of all expenditures, with the most recent at the top:
PHOTO: Assembly candidate Steve Glazer, right, walks with Gov. Jerry Brown, at a meeting with the League of California Cities on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 in Sacramento.