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New firm gives to Calif. ballot initiative effort

September 26, 2007|From a Times Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO — A newly created Missouri company has made the first public donation to date -- $175,000 -- to a proposed California initiative that would alter how the state allocates its electoral votes.

The donation arrived Sept. 11, one day after Missouri attorney Charles Hurth III created the company, TIA Take Initiative America.

Hurth did not return phone calls Tuesday, and Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the ballot measure, said he was not sure who was behind the donation.

The proposed June ballot measure has alarmed Democrats nationwide.

It would change California's winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes to one in which electoral votes are awarded based on which candidate wins the state's various congressional districts.

Democrats assume the Democratic nominee must capture all of California's 55 electoral votes in order to win the presidency.

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