The Big Campaign: Prop 47 is part of larger push

By Len De Groot and Paige St. John
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In 2011, a core group of five foundations set out to use California’s prison crowding crisis as a springboard for broad changes in criminal justice policy. They used partnerships and grants of at least $14 million to build a statewide network that now plays a key role in the Proposition 47 ballot drive to reduce criminal penalties for drug use and petty theft. Funding for most of that advocacy work – over and above a $9-million political campaign – did not have to be disclosed on campaign contribution reports.

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Christopher R. Redlich Jr. Californians for Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Drug Policy Action Lenore Anderson M Quinn Delaney The Womens FoundationYes on 47 Molly Munger Open Society Policy Center Vote Safe PICO Action Fund Yes on 47 PICO California PowerPac Prop47 Reed Hastings Sacramento Area Congregations Together-ACT Sean Parker ACLU Steven C. Phillips The Advocacy Fund The Atlantic Advocacy Fund The Tides Center B. Wayne Hughes Jr. California Calls Action Fund Cari Tuna ACLU of Northern California Human Impact Partners Advancement Project Alliance for Justice Los Angeles Atlantic Philanthropies Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation California Budget Project California Calls The Sixteen Thirty Fund California Conference of Catholic Bishops Californians for Safety & Justice Serving California California Forward Drug PolicyAlliance Fund for Nonviolence Epidaurus dba Amity Foundation Resources for Human Development Center on Juvenileand Criminal Justice ACLU Foundation of San Diego Chuck Feeney Drug Policy Alliance Progressive Christians Alliance, Los Angeles California Society of Addiction Medicine Ford Foundation The Tides Foundation PICO NationalNetwork A New Way of Life Reentry Project California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Community Coalition Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Foundation to Promote Open Society George Soros Open Society Foundations Akonadi Foundation PowerPac+ Rosenberg Foundation Ella Baker Center for Human Rights The Womens Foundation National Council of La Raza UC Berkeley UC Berkeley Public Welfare Foundation California Wellness Foundation California Counties Foundation U.S. Student Association Timothy Silard The Sentencing Project The California Endowment National Council on Crime and Delinquency Mercury Public Affairs Ballot campaign contributions and political advocacy Nonprofit advocacy grants reported to the IRS

Grant descriptions taken from tax filings and foundation records.

Sources: Federal 990 non-profit tax filings, California campaign finance reports, foundation records.