SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— California may not have the hotly contested, high-profile races for U.S. Senator or governor that some other states do this year, but it’s still attracting some of the biggest campaign spending in the country.
To many voters, this is kind of a sleepy campaign season, but there’s still close to $200 million being spent on the five most expensive California races.
Health insurers are pouring in more than $55 million to stop Prop. 45, which would let the state Insurance Commissioner regulate their rates. Those same companies, along with physicians, have spent more than $57 million so far against Prop. 46, which would raise the cap on malpractice payouts and subject doctors to random drug testing.