It was obvious from the start that the cascade of corporate cash into ballot initiative campaigns in California this year would be overwhelming. The reality did not disappoint.
That reality had to please the biggest spenders, notably the insurance companies and agents who defeated propositions 45 and 46, two pro-consumer healthcare measures. The industries spent some $100 million to kill the propositions, and they have a right to consider it well-spent.
Other corporate spenders didn’t fare so well, and it’s worth examining why. The major difference between the success of the statewide campaigns against propositions 45 and 46 and the failure of several other campaigns in which big money took an interest is that the others were municipal elections. Let’s take a look.