California Building Industry Association, Sacramento, CA
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$5,183,170 to winners, $848,508 to losers
The California Building Industry Association is a statewide trade association representing homebuilders, contractors, architects and other professionals in the building industry. The group, which was established in 1943 as a federation of local associations, historically served as a lobbying group. The group continues its lobbying efforts in Sacramento, but is now a member-based association with 10 regional chapters. The association donates fairly evenly between Democrats and Republicans and has given to about 400 different candidates, including donations to Gov. Jerry Brown and more than $100,000 to former Govs. Gray Davis, a Democrat, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican.
Total contributions: $7,319,368
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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