RELEASE: Prop 10 Backer Weinstein’s / AIDS Health Foundation Political Spending Surges Past $80 Million Mark

SACRAMENTO – With more than $23,352,286.41 spent to date on financing Proposition 10, Michael Weinstein’s “non-profit” AIDS Health Foundation has now spent near $80 million on losing initiative campaigns and other political activities in the past six years in California and six other states, according to a new analysis of campaign spending released today.

Weinstein’s spending, totaling $80,180,648 makes him one of the largest spenders in recent California elections. In 2016, his foundation spent $19,475,000 on Proposition 61 (regulating prescription drug pricing) and another $4,675,809 for another measure requiring adult entertainment actors to wear condoms. Both measures were rejected by voters.

In 2017, Weinstein spent $6,183,411 on another anti-housing initiative, Measure S in Los Angeles. He also spent $18,287,070 on an Ohio ballot proposition (Measure 2, prescription drug pricing). Other initiatives include measures in South Dakota and Mississippi. All have failed.

In addition, Weinstein’s organization also reports nearly $4.1 million in lobbying at the federal level, in California, and in the states of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, New York, South Carolina and in the city of San Francisco.

Weinstein’s spending through his nonprofit, which accounts for 96 percent of the Yes on 10 campaign’s contributions, has been widely criticized. A former Orange County Common Cause leader, noting the Foundation receives federal funds, recently wrote: “The Office of the Inspector General should take a look at this. This is not how Medicare was supposed to work… The only way that AHF can have that kind of money available for political spending is by reducing treatment services to the patients the group was designed to protect. The willful neglect of patients to generate profits to fund political campaigns is immoral. If it’s not illegal, it should be. The community would be better served if Mr. Weinstein and the AHF used their revenue on the vulnerable people they are supposed to be protecting.”

A complete list of Weinstein’s AIDS Health Foundation spending can be found below.

 

AHF POLITICAL SPENDING TABLE

(as of November 5, 2018)

 

Political Activity Lower Range Higher Range
Committee Names for Active Initiatives    
Prop 10 (2018)

Coalition for Affordable Housing

$23,352,286.41

$23,352,286.41

Lobbying    
Federal

1,916,000

1,916,000

California

1,326,059.33

1,326,059.33

Florida (Reports in Ranges)

493,004

869,968

Louisiana (Reports in Ranges)

200,000

549,996

Mississippi

6,600

6,600

Ohio

N/A

N/A

Georgia[2]

10,000

10,000

New York[3]

130,000

130,000

South Carolina

21,881

21,881

San Francisco

27,008

27,008

Prior Initiatives    
Yes on B
(LA County condoms in adult films, 2012)

2,329,525

2,329,525

Committee of Fair Drug Pricing
(SF, 2014)

413,517

413,517

FAIR (City of LA):
(LA City, Initiative to create Health Dept., 2013)

382,000

382,000

Prop 61 (2016):

Californians for Lower Drug Prices

19,475,000

19,475,000

For Adult Industry Responsibility FAIR

4,675,809

4,675,809

Measure 2:

(Ohioans For Fair Drug Prices)

18,287,070.67

18,287,070.67

Flag For All Mississippians Coalition

99,138.87

99,138.87

Measure S:

(Coalition to Preserve LA)

6,183,411.64

6,183,411.64

South Dakotans for Lower Drug Prices

125,377.43

125,377.43

 

$79,453,688.35

 

$80,180,648.35