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Campaign Fundraising Surges In Special Election

Sacramento, CA — California´s special election is less than a month away, but it appears opponents of Governor Schwarzenegger are on track to spend far more money in the campaign.

A spokesman for the political committee supporting the governor´s slate of ballot proposals says his campaign has set a $50 million fundraising goal. Campaign finance reports show he and separate campaigns for the ballots have raised a total of $42 million.

The reports also show that unions have raised nearly double the amount, $80 million to fight Schwarzenegger´s initiatives, including one which would restrict the use of union dues.

State lawmakers and California´s congressional delegation have raised nearly $9 million to defeat Proposition 77, which would strip lawmakers of the power to draw legislative boundaries. Experts believe the campaign will set spending records.