We marveled here a few weeks ago at the large amounts of money being raised in an off-election year by the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. According to campaign finance reports filed with the California Secretary of State's office, the DCCC raked in $160,000 over the first five months of 2009. By contrast, in 2006 the committee raised $90,000 for the whole year.
We caught up this week with DCCC Treasurer Debra Walker, who had an explanation. Two words (make that a word and a number): Proposition 8. Walker said that $125,000 of the DCCC's $160,000 in contributions have been raised in order to campaign for the legalization of same-sex marriage, which may show up on the state ballot again as early as 2010. (She said the Prop. 8 money is being kept separate from funds for the DCCC's run-of-the-mill political activities.)