The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 29, 2012
CCPOA's spending focus: Beat Prop. 32, support Prop. 30

Political spending by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association reflects how public employee unions faced a divided political battle on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The 30,000-member prison and parole officer union's Truth in American Government Fund split $700,000 of the $1 million it spent between two efforts: $350,000 went to Gov. Jerry Brown's Yes on Proposition 30 campaign and another $350,000 to Joe Slade White & Co.

The union independently tapped the New York-based communications firm to to work up an ad campaign against Proposition 32, the money-in-politics measure that voters rejected on Nov. 6.

Another CCPOA PAC gave $110,000 to the California Democratic Party and $15,400 to the Calfornia Republican Party.

As we noted in an earlier report, the union didn't spend anything to defeat two ballot measures that sought to curtail California's "three-strikes" law (it passed) and repeal the death penalty (it lost).

As you look through the tables below, tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheets open worksheets with more detailed information.

Remember that expenditures show everything a union PAC spent on political activities, including operating costs. Contributions pages break out donations given to political campaigns and causes. Late contributions are money that came in after the regular filing deadline.

Political spending via larger umbrella organizations, such as SEIU California, is not reflected in the data.

This is the part of a series detailing the 2012 political spending by California state workers' unions. The records are downloaded from the California Secretary of State's office and reflect activity filed as of Nov. 21, 2012.

To get a sense of similar spending in California by other interest groups, check out the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The California data on that site run through September 2012.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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