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Donors pump nearly $390 million into California propositions

Supporters and opponents of California's 17 November ballot measures have raised nearly $390 million six weeks before the election, putting the state as close as $50 million shy of record initiative fundraising with some of the heaviest spending yet to come.

Reports filed by political donors with the secretary of state's office before a Thursday campaign reporting deadline showed a whopping $389 million in contributions on hot-button issues including prescription drug pricing and hospital fees.

"If the fundraising records haven't been broken yet, they're about to be," said Dan Schnur, a University of Southern California professor and former chairman of the state...