When it comes to campaign cash, proponents of each of the four Massachusetts ballot questions hold a sizeable advantage over their opposition.

When it comes to campaign cash, proponents of each of the four Massachusetts ballot questions hold a sizeable advantage over their opposition.

Recent campaign finance filings to the state provide a look into where each ballot committee is drawing its monetary support.

Donations to the pro-charter school campaign, for example, include $240,000 from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, $1.1 million from Walmart heir Jim Walton and $5.75 million from the New York-based Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy Inc. On the other side of the issue, contributions from teachers unions — including $4.1 million from the Massachusetts Teachers Association — make up the majority of the cash that Save Our Public Schools has raised.

 

Here’s a look into the finances of each ballot committee, according to Dept. 8 filings with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

 

Expanded Gambling

Question 1: Filed by developer Eugene McCain, this ballot question would allow a slots parlor on land in Revere near Suffolk Downs.

Donations in support: $429,870

Top donor in support: Capital Productions LLC, Wilmington, Del. ($429,620)

Donations in opposition: $0

Top donor in opposition: N/A

 

Charter Schools

Question 2: Filed by Great Schools Massachusetts, this question would allow up to 12 new charter schools to be established each year outside of existing funding caps.

Donations in support: $12,005,641

Top donor in support: Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy Inc., New York, N.Y. ($5,750,000)

Donations in opposition: $6,777,696

Top donor in opposition: Massachusetts Teachers Association, Quincy, Mass. ($4,169,622)

 

Animal Confinement

Question 3: This ballot question, which was filed by Boston attorney Thomas Bean, would prohibit the confinement of animals in enclosures that prevent them from standing up, lying down, turning or fully extending their limbs.

Donations in support: $1,606,325

Top donor in support: The Humane Society of the United States, Gaithersburg, Md. ($1,202,333)

Donations in opposition: $0

Top donor in opposition: N/A

 

Marijuana

Question 4: This ballot question, filed by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, would allow legalized, taxed recreational marijuana sales at licensed dispensaries and make it legal to grow limited amounts of marijuana at home.

Donations in support: $2,767,703

Top donor in support: New Approach PAC, Washington, D.C ($2,190,000)

Donations in opposition: $388,502

Top donor in opposition: Markley Boston LLC, Boston, Mass. ($100,000); The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass. ($100,000)