Billionaire businessman and philanthropist (as well as target of the idiots at FOX News) George Soros made a huge donation toward the efforts in passing Proposition 19 in California. The $1 million infusion in the final week before the election, will give more resources to get out the vote and air TV ads.
This comes at a real major time for the campaign. California’s marijuana legalization campaign has struggled to raise money despite the intense nationwide focus on the issue.
The contribution triples the amount of money that legalization advocates have to spend in the final week before the Nov. 2 election and dwarfs the $317,500 that the California Chamber of Commerce has spent on radio ads in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego against the initiative.
Soros, the chairman of a hedge fund and a philanthropist, made the donation as polls showed support slipping (as reported by Treez and the Chronicle) and as the Yes on 19 campaign began to run its first ad on cable television, targeting voters in the Los Angeles area. On Wednesday, the campaign plans to roll out the ad featuring a former San Jose police chief in Chico, Fresno and Bakersfield.
The opposition committee has raised far less, relying heavily on law enforcement organizations. The campaign had $47,000 in mid-October and has since raised $93,000 in large donations. The campaign is running radio ads in Redding and Chico aimed at voters who have not seen extensive television coverage.
“We’ve been outspent on this campaign from Day 1, and the more they spend, it seems like the lower they go in the polls,” said Roger Salazar, a No on 19 spokesman. The initiative, which had long been ahead in polls, has fallen behind in the latest surveys, though some put it at a statistical tie.
Both campaigns are highlighting support from law enforcement. The initiative has been endorsed by 28 law enforcement veterans in California, but the opposition touts the support of many California police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and every state law enforcement organization that has taken a position.
So why does this ultra-rich guy want pot legal anyways? That is a great question. Here is the link to his Wall Street Journal editorial. See why for yourself. It is quite interesting.