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Proposition 60’s decisive, 54-46 percent loss was equal parts surprising and depressing to its backers, particularly the Hollywood-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which had put the initiative on the ballot.

“We won the campaign because Prop. 60 was initially portrayed as a worker safety issue,” Mike Stabile, a spokesperson for the No on 60 campaign, told Capital & Main. “But that became increasingly hard to defend when the performers became the base of the opposition.”

“We were outspent 10 to 1, so we didn’t have the money to run a traditional campaign with TV spots and mailings,” Stabile continued. “So we banded together with our coalition partners and the performers, and in the last two months of the campaign we saw the poll numbers flip, because voters recognized this was a deeply flawed initiative.”