Lottery tech company bets on Prop. 1C

California’s longtime lottery contractor, Rhode Island-based gaming technology and services company GTECH, last week launched and put $250,000 into “Californians for Modernization,” a campaign committee urging passage of Proposition 1C on the May 19 special election ballot.

Proposition 1C, of course, is “Lottery Modernization Act,” which the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says “allows the state lottery to be modernized to improve its performance with increased payouts, improved marketing, and effective management” while it also allowing for $5 billion in bond borrowing from future lottery profits to help close the current budget deficit.

The LAO has cautioned that “debt-service payments on the lottery borrowing and higher payments to education would likely make it more difficult to balance future state budgets,” though that impact would be lessened by potentially higher lottery profits.

GTECH’s new investment in this ballot-measure campaign seems to be a continuation of the influence it has sought to exert by spending $432,693 to lobby the Legislature in the 2007-08 session; $410,277 in the 2005-06 Legislature; and $778,406 in the 2003-04 Legislature.

Some other big-ticket campaign finance news, after the jump…

The Democratic State Central Committee of California pulled down almost $300,000 in the past week:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (San Francisco) — $75,000
  • California Real Estate PAC (Los Angeles) — $60,000
  • Hewlett Packard (Loveland, Colo.) — $50,000
  • Pavley for Senate 2012 (Los Angeles) — $32,400
  • Alan Lowenthal for State Senate (Los Angeles) — $32,400
  • Girardi and Keese (Los Angeles) — $20,000
  • California Nurses Association PAC (Sacramento) — $16,000
  • United Auto Workers Region 5 Western States PAC (Pico Rivera) — $6,500
  • UPS PAC California (Atlanta) — $5,000
  • And Assemblyman Curren Price Jr.’s run for the 26th State Senate District seat down in Central Los Angeles — where the special election to replace Mark Ridley Thomas (elected in November to the LA Board of Supervisors) will be held tomorrow — also made bank in the campaign’s final week:

  • Peace Officers Research Association of California PAC (Sacramento) — $15,600
  • Rumsey Indian Rancheria (Brooks) — $15,600
  • California State Council of Laborers PAC (Sacramento) — $7,800
  • DRIVE Committee (Washington, D.C.) — $5,000
  • Steinberg for Senate 2010 (Sacramento) — $3,900
  • Southern Wine & Spirits of America (Miramar, Fla.) — $3,900
  • Waste Management Service Center (Houston) — $2,847.48
  • AT&T California Employee PAC (Sacramento) — $2,500
  • Faculty Association of California Community Colleges PAC (Sacramento) — $2,000
  • Apartment Association of Greater L.A. PAC (Los Angeles) — $1,500
  • California Restaurant Association PAC (Sacramento) — $1,500
  • California Beer and Beverage Distributors PAC (Sacramento) — $1,300
  • Consumer Attorneys PAC (Sacramento) — $1,300
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Tampa, Fla.) — $1,300
  • Brown Forman Corp. (Louisville, Ky.) — $1,000
  • California Building Industry Association PAC (Sacramento) — $1,000
  • Dollar Financial Group Inc. (Blaine, Wash.) — $1,000
  • Personal Care Products Council Committee for Responsible Government (Washington, D.C.) — $1,000
  • Greenberg Traurig (Miami) — $1,000
  • GEICO (Washington, D.C.) — $1,000
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.