The effort to legalize marijuana, Prop. 19, has garnered more attention than any of the other nine propositions on the November ballot. But it has not drawn a lot of money.
Through June 30, total Prop.19 contributions -- both for and against -- have lagged behind total contributions for each other proposition.
Its not that people aren't giving to Prop. 19 campaigns. More than 500 donations have poured in. But those donations have tended to be relatively minuscule. Big corporate and special interest donors haven't weighed in.
That makes some sense. The proposition is largely a question of morality and public safety, not money. No large entity stands to make or lose billions depending on the fate of the measure. But Prop. 8 wasn't about money either. The anti-gay-marriage initiative garnered far more money than Prop. 19.
Campaign contributions to Nov. 2010 propositions, through June 30
Below is a chart showing all reportable contributions in support of Prop. 19. Only a few law enforcement associations have contributed to efforts against the measure -- their contributions have been dwarfed by proponents of the measure.
Contributions in support of Prop. 19
Notes: Figures above show totals for reportable contributions through July 2010. Source: California Secretary of State