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By The Numbers: Political Reform

4
 The number of times that the governor used the word “reform” in his 2009 State of the State Address to the Legislature.
47
 The number of times that health care-related reform initiatives have appeared on California’s ballot since 1914. Twelve have been approved.
400,000,000
 The total amount in dollars, $400 million, spent by candidates in all California elections during 2006, according to the Clean Money Campaign.
2,400
 The maximum amount in dollars, $2,400, that an individual can give to a congressional candidate per election.
1.8%
 The amount, a single percentage point, by which Proposition 11 was approved by California voters in November 2008, or 50.9 to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 197,000 votes The measure created an independent commission to draw the political boundaries of the Legislature and Board of Equalization, based on the 2010 census.
1.7
 The amount, about 1.7 percent, by which Proposition 212 was defeated in the November 1996 ballot, or about 154,000 votes. The proposal, favored by a number of political reform groups, would have dramatically reduced individual campaign donations, cut the time during which contributors could raise money and limited money from outside the state, among other provisions.
6,529,162.65
 The amount, $6,529,162.65, of the donations received by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s “Dream Team,” a special interest coalition formed to back the governor’s political projects.
400,000
 The amount, $400,000, of the largest single donation to Schwarzenegger’s “Dream Team,” which came from the California Republican Party.
29778549
 The amount, $29,778,549, that was raised by opponents of Proposition 7, a clean and solar energy initiative, on the California ballot last year. The amount was about triple the $9,357,232 raised by proponents.

2693131135
 The amount, $2,693,131,135 raised by all candidates and committees across the country during 2008.
702283685 – The amount, $702,283,685 raised by all candidates and committees in California during the same period.


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