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Prop 19 Trumps Opposition in Fundraising

Proposition 19, the California Tax and Regulate Cannabis marijuana legalization initiative, is out-fundraising the organized opposition by a margin of more than ten-to-one, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Secretary of State's office. The Prop 19 campaign has brought in more than $425,000 in donations so far this year, compared to only $41,000 raised by Public Safety First, the most prominent opposition group.

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The Prop 19 campaign has raised more than $1.6 million in total. Its biggest contributor by far is initiative sponsor Richard Lee of Oakland, whose firm kicked in another $45,000 this last quarter, bringing its total to almost $1.5 million. But aside from Lee's funds, the campaign also took in more than $120,000 in donations this past quarter, including $5,000 each from the Berkeley Patients Group and something called the Odam LA Collective. Hundreds of people contributed smaller amounts, typically $25, $50, and $100, although a handful of people kicked in $1,000 and a few more $500, including one from a Stinson Beach resident who described his occupation as "alchemist." There were also contributions of $420, $104.20, and $4.20 (followed by one for $95.80 by the same person).

While the Prop 19 campaign has demonstrated some mass fundraising appeal, it's a different story with the opposition. Aside from one $100 individual contribution in the last quarter, every cent of Public Safety First's money has come from just four groups: the California Police Chiefs Association ($30,000), the California Peace Officers Association ($5,000), the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County ($5,000), and the California District Attorney Investigators Association ($1,000).

Neither side is well-positioned for an expensive TV advertising campaign. The Prop 19 campaign has only $62,000 on hand -- a drop in the bucket in California's massive media markets -- while Public Safety First has only $18,000. But the pro-legalization forces can also count on an additional $100,000 contributed to the Drug Policy Alliance Network, DPA's lobbying funding arm. That was kicked in by civil liberties and AIDS prevention philanthropist Philip Harvey, founder of the North-Carolina based Adam & Eve "adult accessories" online and mail order company.

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Where can we send in donations?

I'd love to know a web site where I can contribute...anybody?

Have a look at where the oppositions money is coming from!

Law Enforcement, where did the Police Chiefs Association get $ 30,000 from you think??? The Evidence Room...If all their major donations come from law enforcement what does that tell you? They make Bank on simple marijuana bust, search and seizure its easy; no real police work needed and it looks great on their resume'! If they really cared about public safety they would not be locking up typically law abiding citizens over possession of a freekin plant, and fueling drug violence in our country and Mexico fighting a war they cannot possibly win!!! The government is wasting our hard earned dollars punishing us for using a plant with medicinal powers used to ease  the suffering of millions, weather physical or otherwise! Wake up people send these A holes a message! Marijuana use in a cob pipe or a pan of brownies is your God given right which they stole from us in 1913 to deport Mexicans and lock up Black people. Do the research and Truth will set you FREE!

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Individual donations show the level of popular support. Poll numbers may be somewhat fudged by people unwilling or paranoid to say how they'll REALLY vote.

All I could give is $10

All I could give was $10.  Every penny helps.

It's great that the people of

It's great that the people of CA are coming together to oppose this outdated prohibition that's based on racist and corporate interests. Finally, support for marijuana has grown to include people with money! as well as Republicans! This will be a revolutionary move if bullshit politics doesn't get in the way.

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