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AM Alert: Tobacco cash

By The Sacramento Bee CapitalAlert
July 19, 2011

The American Lung Association takes on the tobacco industry today in California, releasing a report on tobacco money in state politics.

Tobacco interests spent $9.3 million on campaign contributions and lobbying in California in the 2009-2010 election cycle, according to its findings.

Read the report here. Find a campaign contributions database here.

The association says you can search three ways:

  • By legislator’s name – includes past and current legislators with data from the 2001-2002 election cycle through the 2009-2010 election cycle.
  • By legislative district – includes data from the 2003-2004 election cycle through the 2009-2010 election cycle.
  • By county – includes data from the 2003-2004 election cycle through the 2009-2010 election cycle.

Among others, it tracks contributions by Altria Group Inc.’s affiliates (Philip Morris), RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, UST Inc. (US Smokeless Tobacco Company), and the California Distributors Association PAC.

On a rare July day with no budget negotiations to handle, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is heading out to the California State Fair. There he will join Assemblyman Roger Dickinson in honoring students who had perfect attendance in the just-concluded school year.

Hundreds of the 1700 students eligible for the honor are expected to show up. Festivities begin at 11:15 a.m. at the PG&E Stage.

Check in here for Kevin Yamamura’s report on redevelopment agencies’ push to block the state budget and other California news.

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