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Spending On Special Election Campaigns Tops $300 Million

Sacramento, CA — Campaign committees battling over the eight propositions on last November´s special election ballot spent a record $304 million.

The previous record for spending on ballot measures in a single California election was $253 million. That mark was set in November 2004.

All eight measures were rejected by voters, including four promoted by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Those proposals would have extended the probationary period for new teachers, made it tougher for public employee unions to raise campaign money, given the governor new powers to control state spending and taken redistricting duties away from the Legislature.

Also on the ballot were measures that would have required parental notification or a judge´s waiver before a minor could get an abortion, attempted to lower the cost of prescription drugs for low-income Californians and reinstate some controls on the state´s electricity market.