Pending & Circulating Ballot Measures for November 2018 General Election

Below are lists of the top 10 contributors to committees supporting and/or opposing state ballot measures that raised at least $1,000,000 for the November 2018 general election.

The lists do not show the total contributions to each committee, only the top 10 contributors who have contributed more than $10,000 to a committee that has raised more than $1,000,000.

For itemized contributions to these committees ($100 or more) and expenditures made by the committees, please click on the name of the committee in the Contributions to Committees, formed to, support or oppose to Ballot Measure(s) tab, to go to the committee's Cal-Access page. 

For additional information on ballot measure financing, go to the CA Secretary of State’s ballot measure page.

The top 10 lists reflect the most recently available data. During the 90 days before an election the FPPC makes every attempt to ensure that the lists are updated within one business day of receiving new information. Otherwise, the top contributor lists are updated weekly. 

*A contributor whose name is marked with an asterisk made a contribution to a committee that simultaneously supported or opposed more than one potential ballot measure for the same election. Because of this it is not possible to determine the amount of the contribution that was spent specifically on the campaign for any particular measure. In these cases the contributions are listed for every ballot measure the committee has been formed to support or oppose. This results in the same contribution appearing multiple times - once for each ballot measure the committee supports or opposes.

Status Key

NEW A new person/entity has qualified as a top 10 contributor.
A contributor has moved up the list.
A contributor has moved down the list.
+ A contributor has made an additional contribution.
- No change has occurred with this contributor.

The following are the total amount donated by top contributors to each state ballot measure that is pending Secretary of State verification or are still circulating for signatures. These lists reflect contributions as reported by Primarily Formed Committees.

Measure # Sup/Op Circulating Title Top Aggregated
1840. (17-0044) Support Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authrizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute.  $3,341,800
1851. (17-0055) Support Requires Certain Commercial and Industrial Real Property to be Taxed Based on Fair-Market Value. Dedicates Portion of Any Increased Revenue to Education and Local Services. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. 
1856. (18-0009) Support Referendum to Overturn a 2018 Law that Replaced Money Bail System with a System Based on Public Safety Risk. $2,910,208
Total $9,094,714

1840. (17-0044)

Qualified for November 2020


Keep California Safe, a Project of the California Public Safety Partnership Issues Committee
  Contributor State Status Total Contributions
1 California Correctional Peace Officers Association Truth in American Government Fund CA NEW $2,000,000
2 Association for Los Angeles Deputys Sheriffs PIC CA
3 Los Angeles Police Protective League Issues PAC CA
4 Protecting California Cooper Ballot Measure Committee CA
5 Albertsons Safeway AZ $100,000
6 Susan Groff CA $100,000
7 Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Issues Committee CA $100,000
8 Ralphs Grocery Company CA $91,800
9 Riverside Sheriffs' Association Public Education Fund CA $75,000
10 San Bernardino County Sheriffs Employees' Benefit Association Political Issues Committee CA
11 Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association Special Issues Committee CA
12 California Police Chiefs Association CA
13 Brian Dahle for Assembly 2018 CA
14 Costco Wholesale Corporation WA
15 San Francisco Police Officers Association PAC CA
16 Jim Cooper for Assembly CA
Total from top contributors $1,341,800


No committee opposing this ballot measure raised enough money to reach the reporting threshold for this list.

1851. (17-0055)

Not a Qualified Ballot Measure


Schools and Communities First sponsored by a Coalition of Social Justice Organizations Representing Families and Students
  Contributor State Status Total Contributions
1 The San Francisco Foundation CA - $706,300

Million Voter Project Action Fund - Yes on 56 and 57, Sponsored by Social Justice Organizations

Top Donors for Contributor

CA - $400,000
3 United Teachers of Los Angeles - Political Action Council of Educators (PACE) Issues CA ↑+ $350,000

Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy

Top Donors for Contributor


California Calls Action Fund for Schools and Communities First (Nonprofit (c)(4))

Top Donors to Contributor

6 Stephen English CA
7 Elizabeth Simons CA - $150,000
8 PICO Action Fund DC ↑+ $145,000

California Federation of Teachers COPE PROP/Ballot Committee

Top Donors for Contributor


California Calls Education Fund for Schools and Communities First (Nonprofit 501(c)(3))

Top Donors for Contributor

CA $125,000
Total from top contributors $2,842,706


No committee opposing this ballot measure raised enough money to reach the reporting threshold for this list.

1856. (18-0009)

Not a Qualified Ballot Measure


Californians Against the Reckless Bail Scheme, sponsored by the American Bail Coalition
  Contributor State Status Total Contributions
1 Triton Management Services, LLC CA NEW $794,331
2 Financial Casualty & Surety, Inc. TX NEW $444,496
3 Lexington National Insurance Corporation MD NEW $401,116
4 Bankers Insurance Company FL NEW $384,632
5 AIA Holdings Inc.


CA NEW $233,578
6 American Surety Compnay IN NEW $211,350
7 Accredited Surety and Casualty FL NEW $172,909
8 Bail USA, Inc. PA NEW $147,795
9 DMCG, Inc. CA NEW $100,000
10 Act Fast Bail Bonds CA NEW $20,000
Total from top contributors $2,910,208


No committee opposing this ballot measure raised enough money to reach the reporting threshold for this list.

Circulating Ballot Measures Not on the List

  • Visit the Attorney General's website for information on measures currently collecting signatures to qualify for the November 2018 election where the committees supporting or opposing have not reached the $1,000,000 reporting threshold.

Pending Statewide Ballot Measures

  • Information about proposed initiative and referendum measures that have been submitted to the Attorney General for preparation of the circulating title and summary can be found on the Secretary of State's website. When the official circulating title and summary is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent(s) and to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent(s) and to the county elections officials.

Additional Resources

For more information about the Top 10 lists and the relevant legal authorities, go to Methodology and Legal Resources.