League of California Cities, Sacramento, CA
$16,541,585 to winners, $0 to losers
The League of California Cities, founded in 1898, has spent millions of dollars lobbying and supporting political campaigns on behalf of cities. In 2004, it supported Proposition 1A, a ballot measure to keep local sales and property tax revenues in city, rather than state, coffers. The measure passed. The league, based in Sacramento, also helped defeat Proposition 98 in 2008, which would have limited local governments' eminent-domain rights. Its membership dues range from $72 to more than $100,000, depending on the size of the city.
Total contributions: $16,541,585
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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