Proposition 19 seeks to change California law to legalize marijuana and allow it to be regulated and taxed.
This map shows campaign contributions by zip code in California.
Orange represents contributions to campaigns against the proposition. Green represents contributions to campaigns supporting the proposition.
Larger circles represent a higher dollar amount.
Click on a circle to view total donations for each zip code. See legend for more detailed figures.
As of November 2, 2010:
Total donations opposing Proposition 19:
$262,599 (Calif. donations) + $55,000 (out of state) = $317,599
Total donations in support of Proposition 19:
$2,491,821.83 (Calif. donations) + $2,560,755.41 (out of state) = $5,052,577.24
While Prop. 19 opposition funds mostly came from organizations like the California Police Chiefs Association, the real fuel for the campaign in favor of the proposition to legalize marijuana came from individuals.
From within California, S.K. Seymour LLC, better known as Oaksterdam, Richard Lee’s cannabis university in Oakland, gave more than $1.4 million to the committee named “Yes on 19. Tax Cannabis 2010. Sponsored by S.K. Seymour LLC, a Medical Cannabis Provider, DBA Oaksterdam University, a Cannabis Educator.”
Recently, the committee tacked on: “With Support from Dustin Moskovitz” to the end of its name. Moskovitz, who sent donations totaling $120,000 from a zip code in the Mission District, is best known as a cofounder of Facebook.
Sean Parker, another name from Facebook history, donated $200,000 to the Prop. 19 campaign from his home state of Virginia.
Other noteworthy donors include George Zimmer, CEO of the Men’s Warehouse, who donated $70,500 from a zip code in Fremont, Rolling Stone magazine owner and editor Jann Wenner, who gave $2,500, and David Bronner, co-owner of Dr. Bronner’s magic soap and cosponsor of the committee Students for Sensible Drug Policy, with a donation of $75,000. Retired Progressive Insurance chairman Peter B. Lewis, who ran into some legal troubles for marijuana possession in New Zealand last decade, donated over $200,000.
But all of those donations look like spare change next to George Soros’s $2 million contribution, which nearly doubled the total in support of the proposition. The multibillionaire investor authored an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal explaining his stance, published the same day he delivered the highest chunks of contributions, just last week.