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Lots of last-minute campaign contributions

Money kept pouring into California campaigns and committees even while voters went to the polls on Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State’s campaign finance database.

There were many dozens of contributions on and since Tuesday, but among the bigger-ticket last-minute antes was $300,000 on Tuesday from General Electric to oppose Proposition 24, which would’ve rolled back some corporate tax cuts – approved as part of recent budget deals, and costing the state about $1.3 billion per year – set to take effect Jan. 1; Prop. 24 got only about 42 percent of the vote.

Billionaire investor and philanthropist Eli Broad gave $100,000 on Tuesday to the campaign supporting Proposition 20 – to add Congressional reapportionment to the duties of the citizens redistricting commission created by Proposition 11 of 2008 – and opposing Proposition 27, which would’ve abolished that commission; Prop. 20 passed with about 61 percent of the vote, but Prop. 27 failed with only about 41 percent. Broad also gave $6,500 that day to Democrat Gavin Newsom’s successful campaign for lieutenant governor.

The California State Parks Foundation put a final $50,000 on Wednesday into the failed Proposition 21, which would’ve established an $18 car registration fee to fund state parks and wildlife projects; Prop. 21 got only about 42 percent of the vote.

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.