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.
Proposition 32 claims to be “political reform,” but in reality was intentionally written to create special exemptions for billionaire businessmen and business special interests, giving them even more political power to write their own set of rules.
Prop 32 was written to exempt Super PACs, which can raise unlimited amounts of money from business special interests and billionaires to influence elections. Prop 32 also exempts thousands of big businesses that aren’t technically “corporations” but rather are “LLCs” or “real estate trusts” or any other form of business structure, thereby intentionally exempting Wall St. investment firms, hedge funds, developers, insurance companies, and more than 1,000 Major Donors to California campaigns.
While providing special exemptions for its special interest backers, Prop 32 unfairly restricts the right of working Californians and their unions to participate in the political process while leaving business special interests unchecked. While Prop 32 claims to be “balanced,” the news media have widely described the measure as a “phony veneer of fairness,” “dripping with cynicism,” and “deceptive,” and a “fraud to end all frauds.”
This article originally appeared on The California Majority Report.