California Professional Firefighters, Sacramento, CA
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$3,643,453 to winners, $2,360,024 to losers
Made up of more than 30,000 members with 175 local affiliates, California Professional Firefighters is the state council for the International Association of Fire Fighters union. The IAFF represents 298,000 firefighters nationally. California Professional Firefighters endorses candidates and lobbies in Sacramento on behalf of its members. More than half of its donations, $5.5 million, went to Democrats in the state. It spent an additional $950,000 opposing Proposition 75 in 2005, which would have required public employees to get written consent from members each year before spending those dues on political contributions.
Total contributions: $8,653,027
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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