- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Political donors have spent a record $450 million on 17 statewide November ballot measures in California, beating the state’s own record for the most spent on propositions appearing on all California ballots in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show.

The fundraising surpassed the $438 million spent on 21 statewide measures voters considered in 2008.

Here are the five campaigns supporting or opposing a statewide ballot measure that have attracted the most funding so far, along with the biggest donors for and against:

PROPOSITION 61, DRUG PRICES - $123 million total

$14.4 million, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, supporting

$7.2 million each from Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. and Pfizer, opposing

PROPOSITION 56, TOBACCO TAX - $94 million total

$10 million, California Hospitals Association, supporting

$41 million, Altria Group and its subsidiaries, opposing

PROPOSITION 52, HOSPITAL FEES FOR MEDI-CAL -$75 million total

$11.5 million, California Hospitals Association, supporting

$14.5 million, Service Employees International Union, opposing

PROPOSITION 55, TAX ON HIGH INCOMES - $55 million total

$25 million, California Hospitals Association, supporting

$1,000 each from three California residents, opposing

PROPOSITION 64, MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION - $23 million total

$7.3 million, Napster founder and early Facebook investor Sean Parker, supporting

$1.4 million, retired Pennsylvania art professor Julie Schauer, opposing

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Source: Secretary of state, Fair Political Practices Commission campaign finance reports.

The totals exclude money transferred between allied campaigns as well as duplicate contributions recorded when one committee raised money for more than one proposition. The data include about $50 million raised in 2014 for some of this year’s ballot measures.

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