When it comes to fracking in California, campaign cash matters. \tAt least that\u2019s the way it appears, judging by a MapLight report on June 14. \tThe report by the political watchdog group found that opponents of a bill to put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in California for natural gas and oil contributed 31 times as much money over the past two years to those in the Assembly who voted against the measure as did those supporting the bill gave. \t\u201cThis sort of raised an eyebrow,\u201d said Pamela Behrsin, MapLight spokesperson. \tFourteen organizations opposing the bill, AB 1323, gave a total of $516,852 to the 37 Assembly members who voted against it, compared to four organ- izations that gave those voting no just $16,478. The Assembly voted it down May 30 with 37 against and 24 in favor. Seventeen members who abstained collected between them almost $200,000 in campaign cash from opponents of the measure. In total, they reaped just under $40,000 from supporters. \tThose opposing the bill included major oil and gas companies under the banner of the Western States Petroleum Association and a variety of business groups, like the California Chamber of Commerce. The groups supporting the measure were environmental organizations, plus Culver City\u2014which is next door to an oil and gas field where fracking already is underway. \tAB 1323 was sponsored by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Long Beach), who represents the Culver City area. She took no money from the pro-fracking oil and gas industry. \t\u201dThe largest oil field in the state designated for major use of fracking is in a densely-populated, predominantly minority area of my district," she stated, urging passage of the bill. \tLeading the league in accepting money from opponents of Mitchell\u2019s measure was Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno). He netted $31,388 from them compared to $2,000 from supporters of the measure. \tThe main surviving bill on fracking\u2014after the May 30 deadline for bills to pass their chamber of origin\u2014is SB 4 by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills). It calls for the state to study the environmental effects of fracking. It further requires groundwater monitoring for contaminants before and after fracking and public disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking. \tPavley stated her measure will \u201chold oil well operators accountable and answer critical questions about groundwater quality, water supply, earthquakes and air quality.\u201d She did not receive money from oil and gas companies. \tPavley\u2019s measure passed the state Senate May 29 on a 28-11 vote. It\u2019s now in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. Numerous other measures fell by the wayside at the end of last month (Current, June 7, 2013).