California Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento, CA
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$2,799,753 to winners, $2,867,193 to losers
The California Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit advocacy group and resource center for businesses in the state. Made up of more than 13,000 members, three-fourths of businesses in the chamber have fewer than 100 employees. But the organization also includes larger companies, such as Walt Disney Corp. and Microsoft. The group actively lobbies the federal and state governments on behalf of its members. It donates to federal and state campaigns, endorses political candidates and sponsors ballot measures. It also produces an annual list of “job killer” bills that the group believes would have a negative impact on California’s economy.
Total contributions: $10,319,687
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
Credits: Interactive by Michael Corey, Coulter Jones and Chase Davis. Reporting by Coulter Jones. Badge design by Thomas Guffey. Additional reporting by Stanford University students enrolled in a Communications Department investigative reporting class under the direction of California Watch Editorial Director Mark Katches. The project began in January 2011. Students participating were: Devin Banerjee, Daniel Bohm, Kathleen Chaykowski, Tom Corrigan, Cassandra Feliciano, Jamie Hansen, Amy Harris, Josh Hicks, Ellen Huet, Julia James, Paul Jones, Ryan Mac, Valentina Nesci, Dean Schaffer, Elizabeth Titus and Kareem Yasin. Bohm, Hansen, Huet, Harris and Titus continued to work on the project as California Watch interns under the direction of Associate Editor Denise Zapata.