Thursday, July 22, 2010

Donations to pro-marijuana group down 24 percent

Posted by on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 6:20 AM

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Update, 9:49 a.m.: Mike Meno, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, writes that "it's misleading to compare the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, since one was a presidential election and the other was not. To make a fair comparison, you'd need to compare the 2010 donations against another midterm election, like 2006."

Fair enough. 2006 brought total donations of $120,778, for an average per month of $5,032. Using a 2006 to 2010 comparison, donations are on pace to be down 27 percent, as opposed to 24 percent.

In 2006, $49,700 went to House Democrats — $1,000 each to Reps. Diana DeGette, and Mark Udall — $11,000 to House Republicans, and $2,000 to Senate Democrats.

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Donations to the medical marijuana PAC of the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based marijuana advocacy group, are down this election cycle from years past. Consequently, the group's contributions are down as well.

Numbers from the 2008 election cycle — Dec. 31, 2006 to Dec. 31, 2008 — reflect a total fund of $114,680, with an average of $4,778 per month, according to OpenSecrets.org. During that time, the group gave $68,030 to House Democrats, $2,000 to House Republicans, $10,350 to Senate Democrats — with $5,500 going to Sen. Mark Udall alone — and nothing to Senate Republicans.

A still-going 2010 election cycle brings a total war chest of $69,296, a rough average of $3,657 per month, with $11,610, and $2,000 being donated to House and Senate Democrats respectively, thus far.

Donors to the MPP for 2010 include John Gilmore, the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Peter B. Lewis, the chairman, and former CEO, of Progressive Insurance; as well as employees of the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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