Proposition 32 is the most deceptive proposition on the 2012 California ballot. It will not do what its wealthy sponsors claim. Ads promoting Proposition 32 state that this proposition will “take union and corporate money out of political campaigns.” That is simply a lie. The official title of Proposition 32 is “Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction.” Proposition 32 will prohibit campaign contributions from payroll deductions — a method used by unions, but not used by corporations. Proposition 32 is not campaign finance reform, it is just another phase of the perpetual union-busting and attacks on working people that the ruling class promote to enrich themselves.
Proposition 32 is sponsored by real estate developers’ insurance executives, hedge-fund managers, and oil company executives. The ultra right-wing Lincoln Club of Orange County, a major proponent of the Citizens United ruling, has put up $150,000 to promote Proposition 32. This scam is also called the “Special Exemptions Act” because corporate super-PAC’s and independent expenditure committees are exempt from any significant campaign finance limitations under Proposition 32.
We all need to support real campaign finance reform, not Proposition 32. There are ways to get corporate money out of elections. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission has legalized corporate bribery and corruption of our elections and our democracy. It will take an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remedy that. Proposition 32 is just another blatant effort to consolidate the dictatorship of corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals and to subvert the will of the vast majority of citizens.
VOTE NO ON PROP. 32 and learn other ways you can fight back against corporate destruction of our democracy by visiting www.trinitycountypeople.org.