“OpenSecrets has launched a new tool to track ballot measures across the country as part of a continuing effort to integrate state level data following the merger with the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in Politics. The tool features an interactive map that will help users explore ballot measure data for 2022 as well as historical data dating back to 2002. The page will also include ballot measures that attract the most spending, top donors to ballot measure committees and will let users explore measures by topic, ranging from abortion to gun issues. Some notable ballot measures for 2022 include:
- At least six abortion-related measures have qualified for statewide ballots this year in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and OpenSecrets has documented more than a half million dollars spent on these measures.
- OpenSecrets has also documented the most money in gaming at over $200 million, largely around measures in California, including including an expensive fight over sports betting legalization.
- Marijuana legalization continues to make the ballots, with five measures so far.
- In Illinois, there is a measure to codify collective bargaining rights in the state constitution – a rare effort against the backdrop of Right to Work efforts across the country in recent years. Vote Yes for Workers, funded almost entirely by unions, has raised $7.6 million in support of the measure.
- Explore OpenSecrets’ new tool here.”