October 25, 2010: A new Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll finds that voters seem likely to vote “no” on Proposition 23, which would overturn California’s landmark climate change law.
The poll comes even as two Texas oil refiners have spent millions of dollars to pass the measure. The companies gave more money in support of the initiative on Friday, with Valero giving another $1 million and Tesoro giving $500,000 to the Yes on 23 campaign.
But environmentalists and others have launched a massive campaign in recent weeks to oppose the ballot initiative, with the League of Conservation Voters placing it on its Dirty Dozen list, the first time a the environmental group has placed a ballot initiative on the listing of congressional candidates with poor environmental records.
Opponents of Prop 23 have bested the oil companies in the money-raising game. In total, opponents have raised $30.1 million, while proponents of the measure have raised $10.7 million.