campaign finance

The California governor's race is heating up, just weeks before vote-by-mail ballots go out for the June 5 primary.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, a new $7-million donation is the first sign that the big money is starting to move.

Wealthy Silicon Valley Democrat Pulls Out All the Stops

Oct 17, 2016

Millionaire and billionaire donors are writing checks to support their passions, but Silicon Valley's Tom Steyer is not only funding his passions, but appearing in campaign ads. Captital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

New requirements for campaign ads on TV could pass the California Legislature this week, after six years of attempts by local government advocates.  But a state elections watchdog says the legislation has been compromised, and would actually make it easier for special interests to hide money.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

NASCAR drivers and golfers wear their sponsors' logos while they work.  California voters could be asked this fall whether to make their state lawmakers and elected officials do the same.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

California is one of just a few states looking to curb the influence of outside spending in elections.  With few tools to govern the unlimited sums of money groups can spend, independent groups will likely pour millions of dollars into next year's campaigns.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains how California regulators are pushing back.

California political heavyweights provided aspiring lawmakers a master class about what they need to do to run for office.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, they offered a frank look at the role of money in politics.

Critics of California's current campaign finance system will submit a ballot initiative today [Wednesday] that they say would offer a much-needed overhaul.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, they're hoping to qualify it for the November 2016 ballot.

California officials launched a new campaign finance search engine called "Power Search," allowing the public to more easily track campaign money for state candidates and ballot measures.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.