A Look Inside the Cash Behind Local, State and National Elections

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More than $2 billion has been raised in the presidential race so far, with Hilary Clinton boasting far bigger coffers than Donald Trump. And the big money is not limited to national races. Nearly $480 million has been raised for California's 17 ballot measures, and local elections from soda tax measures to Oakland's school board are also seeing a flood of cash. Forum looks at the donors funding this year's campaigns and discusses the impact of money on elections.


Derek Cressman, author, "When Money Talks"; spokesperson for Common Cause

Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics & Government Desk

Jim Sutton, attorney, Sutton Law Firm

Libby Watson, staff writer, Sunlight Foundation