Political Road Map: Democrats not only dominate California elections, the party is king of campaign cash


As California Democrats wrap up their weekend convention, progressive activists have said loudly and clearly that they want big money out of politics — a position that’s been in the state party’s official platform for years.

And yet, the rhetoric is at odds with reality: Since 2000, the California Democratic Party has spent an eye-popping $401.6 million on candidates and campaigns.

Delegates to the state party convention here wrote a resolution asking the party to “condemn corporations and lobbyists that finance political campaigns, as they perpetuate a culture of corruption and cronyism.” But money from some of those same groups fueled more than $46 million in spending by Democrats on state and federal races last year.

That’s in stark contrast to the California Republican Party, which at one point in 2012 had less than $200,000 in the bank. In bank ledgers and at the ballot box, Democrats dominate. They haven’t lost a statewide election since 2006. They hold 41 of California’s 55 seats in Congress and a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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