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For Immediate Release: Friday, October 29, 2004
Contact:  Saskia Mills or Kim Alexander – (530) 750-7650


Last-minute information on propositions, candidates available at

Davis, CA – An analysis of ballot measure fundraising by the California Voter Foundation (CVF) shows that proponents and opponents of the sixteen propositions on next week's general election ballot have together raised $198.7 million as of October 16. That figure is expected to increase once final campaign finance reports are filed after the election.

"The amount of money raised to support and oppose these propositions is unprecedented and breaks previous fundraising records," said CVF President Kim Alexander.  The previous fundraising record was set in November 1998, when campaigns for and against the twelve measures on that ballot raised a combined total of $196 million.  "Fortunately, California voters who want to learn more about the propositions and the money behind them can find a wealth of information online," Alexander added.

To assist voters in preparing for Tuesday's election, CVF is encouraging Californians to visit CVF’s nonpartisan California Online Voter Guide, available online at:

CVF’s web pages have already been accessed hundreds of thousands of times this election season, and the organization expects that site traffic will increase dramatically as the election draws nearer. 

“Based on our experience in previous elections, we expect many voters will be getting online over the weekend and on Monday, educating themselves about the measures and candidates," said Saskia Mills, CVF executive director and editor of the California Online Voter Guide, now in its eleventh edition.  “Whether a voter is looking for a simple overview of the candidates or in-depth analyses of California's 16 ballot propositions, the California Online Voter Guide is a one-stop shop for nonpartisan election information."

Along with voting in the Presidential contest, voters will elect a U.S. Senator, 53 Members of Congress, 100 state legislators, and numerous local officials. Voters will also decide the fate of 16 statewide ballot measures on topics ranging from primary election rules and stem cell research, to tribal gaming compacts and California’s “three strikes” law.  As of October 16, supporters and opponents of the tribal gaming measures, Propositions 68 and 70, had raised a total of $100 million, accounting for about half of all the money raised on the 16 propositions.

CVF’s online voter guide includes candidates' campaign contact information and web site links, official proposition summaries, links and data to help voters “follow the money”, and basic information voters needs about California’s voting process.

In addition to the California Online Voter Guide, CVF recommends the following election-related web sites:

          League of Women Voters:

          Easy Voter Guide:

          Secretary of State:

          Official Campaign Finance Reports:

Support for the California Online Voter Guide is provided by The James Irvine Foundation (  The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting and applying the responsible use of technology to improve the democratic process.  CVF does not take positions on ballot measures or candidates. More information about  the California Voter Foundation is online at

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