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Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:56 AM

California's Prop 32 on political funding is a bill of rights for billionaires

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/30/california-prop-32



Californians are used to ballot initiatives that claim to do one thing, but in reality do exactly the opposite. However, even by the standards of misinformation now commonplace in our elections, November's most controversial ballot measure, Proposition 32 which its supporters call "Stop Special Interest Money Now" really "takes the giddy biscuit", as Bertie Wooster (or, for that matter, Mitt Romney) might say.

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Its supporters claim that Prop 32 is a balanced measure that limits corporate and union influence on state elections, to the extent allowed by federal election law. Indeed, pro-Prop 32 ads focus on spending in Sacramento by AT&T and PG&E, rather than on spending by labour unions.

In reality, "Stop Special Interest Money Now" would do nothing of the sort. Though AT&T and PG&E (both unionised firms) are undoubtedly peeved at being singled out, Prop 32 would have almost no impact on the ability of corporate executives to contribute unlimited money to candidates or campaigns, but would have a devastating impact on the ability of unions to participate in state politics. Its restrictions on unions are so sweeping that it would prevent them from communicating with their own members on political issues. Worse still, Prop 32 would enhance the ability of super political action committees (PACs), and other wealthy groups that are exempt from the measure, to dominate elections.

This is not genuine campaign finance reform but a bill of rights for billionaires, which would be a game-changer in California politics. California voters have twice before rejected rightwing initiatives to destroy labour's political voice, in 1998 and 2005. Unable to win by honest means, conservative groups decided to come up with something more deceptive this time round.

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Reply California's Prop 32 on political funding is a bill of rights for billionaires (Original post)
Starry Messenger Jul 2012 OP
bemildred Jul 2012 #1
Starry Messenger Jul 2012 #2
abelenkpe Jul 2012 #3
Starry Messenger Jul 2012 #4
Iwillnevergiveup Jul 2012 #5
pinto Aug 2012 #6
Starry Messenger Aug 2012 #7
pinto Aug 2012 #8
IndyJones Aug 2012 #9
pinto Aug 2012 #10
IndyJones Aug 2012 #11

Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:58 AM

1. Yep, the billionaires need to own our government act, is what it is. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:07 AM

2. This Prop has me worried this year.

With all the other attacks on unions in other states, I'm afraid this might pass. Sickening.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:11 AM

3. I worry about this one too

Californians tend to vote against their own best interests with all the misinformation out there on propositions.

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:23 AM

4. I'm going to be focused on defeating this and getting Prop 30 to pass

Already a couple of teachers in my local have said that they don't see the bad parts of this bill. It's amazing how deceptive it is, and how even organized workers don't understand what rights they have that can be taken away.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 02:15 AM

5. Thanks for posting this, Starry

NO on 32 - spread the word.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:03 AM

6. Kick

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Response to pinto (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:01 PM

7. Thank you pinto!

No on 32!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 11:50 PM

8. Glad to help get the word out on this Prop.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:07 AM

9. Thank you for the info. Ugh, it's so frustrating sometimes reading thru the BS to get at what each

Prop. is really about.

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Response to IndyJones (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 6, 2012, 08:21 AM

10. One "tell" I usually check out is the list of endorsers, then read the prop closely.

Each prop usually has 3 signed endorsements pro / con and at least one signed rebuttal to each argument.

Wish there was some sort of "truth in labeling" standard...

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Response to pinto (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 6, 2012, 10:17 PM

11. That is exactly what I did last night! I went through the website and first looked at who

supported and who didn't. Very helpful tip!

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