California Politics: Oil, housing and labor spent big on 2022 legislative races

A new legislative session kicked off in Sacramento this week after interest groups dumped nearly $78 million in independent expenditures into Calif...

December 9, 2022
10:10 PM

A new legislative session kicked off in Sacramento this week after interest groups dumped nearly $78 million in independent expenditures into California Senate and Assembly races in the election. Much of the money was directed to races interest groups perceived as pitting moderate and progressive candidates against one another in the ongoing tug-of-war over the soul of the California Democratic Party. Independent expenditure committees spent more than $10 million on the intraparty state Senate fight in which former Sacramento City Council member Angelique Ashby narrowly defeated Dave Jones, a former California insurance commissioner.

Taryn Luna