March 11, 2010

15 Groups Spent $1 Billion To Sway State Policy

The California Teachers Association spent $211.8 million over the past decade to influence state voters and legislators. In all, 15 groups - two labor unions, six corporations, three Indian tribes and four business associations - spent more than $1 billion over the past 10 years to sway the outcomes of elections and government decisions.

The 15 Groups Include:

-- California Teachers Association: $211.8 million

-- California State Council of Service Employees: $107.4 million

-- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $104.9 million

-- Morongo Band of Mission Indians: $83.6 million

-- Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians: $69.2 million

-- Pacific Gas & Electric Co.: $69.2 million

-- Chevron Corp.: $66.2 million

-- AT&T Inc.: $59.6 million

-- Philip Morris USA Inc.: $50.7 million

-- Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians: $49 million

-- Southern California Edison: $43.4 million

-- California Hospital Association: $43 million

-- California Chamber of Commerce: $39 million

-- Western States Petroleum Association: $35.2 million

-- Aera Energy LLC: $34.6 million

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