Brian Brokaw is communications director at the Alliance for a Better California.
Former President Bill Clinton today urged Californians to vote NO on Proposition 32, the deceptive Special Exemptions Act appearing on the November statewide ballot. President Clinton's call for voters to reject Prop 32 came during his remarks at a rally on the campus of UC Davis.
President Clinton joins California's leading government reform groups, including the League of Women Voters, California Common Cause, Public Citizen and the California Clean Money Campaign, along with hundreds of public safety, labor, education, health care, consumer, environmental, religious, and senior organizations, as well the state's leading newspaper editorial boards in opposition Prop 32.
Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association – who makes his healthy living (last reported to be $300,000 annually) fundraising, concealing, and dispensing special interest money through what the Sacramento Bee calls “a sophisticated series of nonprofit corporations and political action committees” – this week issued a righteous call to “STOP SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY.” How about that?
Of course, anyone who has followed California politics over the last few decades knows that the group founded by the late Jarvis, now led by Coupal, is one of the biggest, most powerful, most-entrenched special interests under the dome. As the Bee’s Dan Morain notes, “[Jarvis] is part of the Republican establishment, almost always aligned with Chamber of Commerce and real estate interests, and often with tobacco, oil, gambling and other big businesses.”