California Teachers Association, Burlingame, CA
$57,144,669 to winners, $46,927,754 to losers
The California Teachers Association is the largest teachers union in the state, representing about 325,000 public school teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians and education support professionals. It was founded in 1863 and is affiliated with the National Education Association. The association, led by President David A. Sanchez, supports many education-related issues, but has contributed to some that were not. In 2008, the association gave more than $1.5 million to No on Proposition 8, a ballot measure that banned gay marriage in the state.
Total contributions: $118,238,531
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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