Ballot initiatives are supposed to be a tool of the people. In California, they are a tool only for rich people.
More than $84 million in donations of $100,000 or more has been raised for the nine state-wide initiatives on the November ballot, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission. That's nothing new: In 2006, more than two-thirds of the money donated to initiative campaigns came in amounts of $1 million or more.
One initiative consultant once admitted to me that he didn't bother processing donation checks for less than $10,000. They weren't worth the time.