Proposition 32, a measure appearing on the November statewide ballot, is not what it seems. While it claims to be about “stopping special interests” the measure actually gives special exemptions to corporate special interests and Super PACs. It would do nothing to fix what’s broken in Sacramento. Instead, Prop 32 would give even more power to the wealthy and well-connected to influence elections, control government and weaken our state’s middle class.
The millionaire backers misleadingly call it “The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act,” claiming it would rein in campaign contributions by both unions and corporations. In fact, the deceptive wording of the initiative specifically limits the voice of union members like our local teachers and nurses and the firefighters and police that keep us safe.
This one-sided measure would make our system even more imbalanced and it does nothing to stop the flow of money from the wealthy in politics.
Here’s what leading newspapers say about the deceptive measure:
"...a fraud to end all frauds" - Michael Hiltzik, LA Times
“…dripping with cynicism” – Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee
"...a sham... wouldn't even begin to do what its backers promise" - Ventura County Star
"...would magnify the influence of wealthy interests while shutting out many middle-class voters" - San Jose Mercury News
“…a phony veneer of fairness…one-sided and biased” – Tom Elias, Long Beach Press Telegram
"...a deceptive sham...would make a bad system worse" - Contra Costa Times
“…would just expand unaccountable independent expenditure committees, the super-PACs” – George Skelton, LA Times
Prop 32 was written to limit the voice of union workers and create special exemptions for corporate interests, giving the wealthy and well-connected even more political power to write their own set of rules.
Prop 32 exempts secretive Super PACs and corporate front groups, which can raise unlimited amounts of money from corporate special interests and billionaire businessmen to support their candidates or defeat their enemies. The measure does nothing to prevent anonymous donors from spending unlimited amounts to influence elections.
Prop 32 is NOT campaign finance reform, as its backers claim. The wealthy supporters of this initiative created exemptions for Wall St. hedge funds, real estate investors, insurance companies and other well-heeled special interests allowing them to continue contributing directly to the coffers of political candidates.
Prop 32 would severely restrict union members in both the public and private sector from having a voice in our political process. As a result, teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other everyday heroes would be unable to speak out on issues that matter to us all—like cuts to our schools and colleges, police and fire response times, patient safety and workplace protections.
This measure would give corporate CEOs and their lobbyists even greater influence over our political system. Corporations already outspend unions 15-1 in politics. This measure would effectively clear the playing field of any opposition to big corporations’ agenda, which includes outsourcing jobs, gutting homeowner protections, slashing wages and health benefits and attacking retirement security.
Non-partisan groups like the California League of Women Voters, California Common Cause, Public Citizen and Public Campaign, who advocate for policies that curb special interest influence, are urging voters to REJECT Prop 32. Public Citizen calls it “an attack on labor masquerading as campaign finance reform”. California Common Cause says it “will do more harm to California's democracy than good.”
- The primary financial backers are retired CEOs and millionaires associated with the extreme right-wing Lincoln Club of Orange County. All of the primary funders of the measure would benefit personally from the exemptions created for certain companies and organizations.
Despite the proponents’ claims that this initiative is geared toward “getting special interest money out of politics,” the truth is Prop 32 is a deceitful measure designed to silence working people while giving big CEOs and the very wealthy free rein to exert limitless influence on our political system.
Prop 32 is misleading, deceptive and full of consequences that hurt all of us. It does absolutely nothing to limit special interest influence on politics while severely curtailing working people’s ability to stand up to powerful corporate interests. The result would be a devastating tilt in power to big banks, corporate CEOs and billionaires that would further undermine California’s middle class.
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Prop 32 in the News
- LA Times: "No on Proposition 32: It purports to take aim at special interests in politics but in reality targets unions"
- Sacramento Bee editorial: "Prop 32 power play deserves a 'no' vote"
- Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune (Bay Area News Group) editorial: "Proposition 32 is deceptive and should be rejected"
- San Franclsco Chronicle editorial: "Prop. 32 an unbalanced 'reform' plan"
- Ventura County Star editorial: "Prop. 32 a sham, deserves to lose in Nov. 6 election"
- San Jose Mercury News editorial: "Deceptive Prop. 32 would worsen campaign finance mess"
- La Opinion editorial: "No en la Proposición 32"
- Chico News & Review editorial: "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
- Woodland Daily Democrat editorial: "Prop. 32 would worsen state's financing mess"
- Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Prop. 32: Unfair, and flawed Measure would ban using payroll deductions for political purposes"
- Merced Sun Star editorial: "Prop 32 goes after unions, not big money"
- The Reporter editorial: "No on Prop. 32 -- It disrupts checks and balances"
- Lompoc Record: "Slogging through the ballot"
- Press Democract editorial: "No on Prop. 32: A deceptive anti-union reform plan"
- Stockton Record: "Prop. 32 isn't what it seems"
- Marin Independent Journal: "IJ recommendations on state Propositions 30-33"
- Fresno Bee: "Prop. 32 is not the reform that California requires"
Op-eds and opinion articles:
- LA Times: "Proposition 32- A Fraud to end all frauds"
- LA Times: "Prop. 32's real purpose is to cripple labor unions politically"
- San Bernardino Sun: "Proposition 32 is phony reform"
- Record Searchlight: "Prop 32- Do-gooder billionaire may cause real harm"
- Sacramento Bee: "A stealth attack seeks to drain labor money"
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Prop 32- Bad for California and Democracy"
- Sacramento Bee: "Viewpoints: Prop. 32: Union-bashing in a goo-goo wrapper"
- East Bay Express: "If You Liked Citizens United, You'll Love Prop 32"
- Salinas Californian: "Prop 32: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
- San Mateo Daily Journal: "Keep the Voice of Labor Alive"
- San Leandro Patch: "Prop 32: Deceptive and Dangerous"
- UK Guardian: "California's Prop 32 on political funding is a bill of rights for billionaires"
- The Hill: "California's Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids"
- Sacramento Bee: "'Reform' initiative wears a soiled white hat"
- Ventura County Star: "Reform SuperPACs- by empowering them?"
- San Jose Mercury News: "Special interest ballot measure is really just anti-union"
- North County Times: "'Paycheck protection' push returns"
- The Sun: "Prop. 32 an attempt to silence voice of workers"
- Mercury News: "Who's who of rich and powerful behind Proposition 32"
- New York Times: "California Is Latest Stage for Election Battle Over Unions"
- Ventura County Star: "Proposition 32 promises reform, but critics call that promise a ruse"
- Sacramento Bee: "Ad Watch: Prop 32 Spot’s Shadowy Images Benefit Its Sponsors"
- Santa Barbara Independent: "Prop 32 Called Misleading"
- Contra Costa Times: "New Poll: Hope Fades for Measure Barring Political Contributions"
- Ventura County Star: "Poll Shows Support for Prop 32 Dropping as Unions Sound Alarm"
- Hollywood Reporter: "SAG-AFTRA Mobilizing Members Against Prop 32"
- San Franicsco Chronicle: "Group w/ties to Koch Bros drops $4 million on Prop 32"
- California Watch: "GOP backers of Citizens United now seek ban on special-interest money"
- LA Times: "Good-government groups call Proposition 32 deceptive"
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Prop 32 in unions' crosshairs"
- LA Times: "California voters leaning against campaign finance initiative"
- PR Watch: "Battle for Worker Rights Moves from WI to CA, Prop. 32 Spun as Campaign Finance Reform"
- Associated Press: "California wades into national labor debate"
- Sacramento Bee: "Unions say Prop. 32 campaign is hiding its expenses"
- California Watch: "GOP activist leads Ariz. group pouring millions into Calif. ballot fight"
- LA Times: "California watchdog sues Arizona group over secret donors"
- Sacramento Bee: "Ad Watch: Pro-Prop. 32 ad misleads on impact of campaign finance measure"
- Vacaville Reporter: "No on Prop 32, It Isn’t What it Claims to Be"
- Eureka Times-Standard: "Vote No on Prop 32"
- Marysville Appeal-Democrat: "Prop 32 Not a Good Measure"
- North County Times: "Thank God we live in a democracy"
- North County Times: "Proposition 32: Silencing the middle class"
- Desert Dispatch: "Proposition 32"
- Marysville Appeal-Democract: "Reject Prop. 32 and its phony reform"
- North County Times: "Don't be fooled by Prop. 32"
Labor's Edge blog articles:
- "President Clinton Urges Californians to Vote No on Proposition 32"
- "Small Business Action Committee: The Latest Shady Front Group Throwing Millions Behind Prop 32"
- "Prop. 32 Campaign Having Trouble with the Facts"
- "Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires"
- "Uprising! What We Can Learn from Wisconsin to Defeat Prop 32"
- “'Stop the Greed Agenda' Bus Tour Exposes Koch Brothers’ Link to Prop 32"
- "Koch Brothers’ Spending Exposes Real Agenda Behind Prop 32"
- "'The Fraud to End All Frauds'"
- "Behind the Prop 32 Curtain"
- "To Win in November, Young People Must Be 'Fired Up and Ready to Go!'"
- "Proposition 32: Corporate Billionaires’ Quest to Force Workers to Shut Up"
- "Like the TEA Party? You'll love the Special Exemptions Act!"
- "Stop the Special Exemptions Act -- It's Not What it Seems"
- "A Crystal Ball to the Post-Special Exemptions Act Future in California"
- "National Federation of Independent Businesses: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing on Prop 32"
- "A Better San Diego Coalition Hosts Community Forum to Stop Prop 32"
- "Proposition 32: Anti-Teamster & Anti-American"
- "Why I'm Speaking Out Against Prop 32"
- "Prop. 32: Labor Fights New Attack on Unions and the 99% in California"
- "A Nurse’s Care Plan for California"
- "No on Proposition 32: Let's Make It Strike Three"
- "Boo on Prop 32: Fighting Cash with Comedy"
- "On Her Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt's Fight for Labor Rights Lives On"
- "Environmentalists, Scientists and Academics Unite Against Proposition 32"
- "L.A. Latino Leaders, Workers & Community Urge Voters: 'Voten NO en la Proposición 32'”
- "Why Defeating Prop. 32 is a Patient Safety Priority"
- "Tom Hiltachk, Master of the Prop 32 Deception"
- "The Shadowy Figures Trying to Permanently Steal our Elections"
For more information, visit www.StopSpecialExemptions.org.