California Correctional Peace Officers Association, West Sacramento, CA
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$6,163,100 to winners, $4,260,413 to losers
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association is the union representing about 30,000 state prison guards. Founded in 1957, it is one of the most influential unions in the state. In 2005, the association was instrumental in defeating then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's reform initiatives, including a ballot measure that would have required public employee unions to get written consent from members before spending dues money on political activities. The union has contributed to both Democrats and Republicans and donates to campaigns through four political action committees.
Total contributions: $13,978,123
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.