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CALIFORNIA: Unions already battling against November political money initiative
SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 4/19/12 | Jon Ortiz

Posted on 04/19/2012 1:11:10 PM PDT by SmithL

We're months from when the real fighting starts, but already the labor union and business interests on opposite sides of a November ballot measure are honing their messages.

"The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act" would ban both unions and corporations from contributing directly to candidates. Both could still fund independent expenditure campaigns to support them.

The measure, which hasn't been assigned a proposition number yet, is especially tough on labor because it would ban all payroll-deducted contributions – unions' primary method of raising money for those independent expenditure committees.

Corporations, by contrast, raise the bulk of their political money from shareholders and executives.

Look for labor to attack the measure as faux political reform that kneecaps unions – and, by extension, the working class – and leaves the power of "the 1 percent" virtually unchallenged.

Teamsters Joint Council 42 President Randy Cammack put it this way in a letter written earlier this month to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan: "It was with great disappointment that we learned of your decision to fund a ballot measure aimed at silencing the voice of working men and women."

Riordan donated $50,000 to Californians Against Special Interests, which then contributed $200,000 to the ballot campaign. He was one of many Republicans who supported a similar measure that failed in 2005.

That year, the unions unleashed a $45 million carpet bombing on Proposition 75 against about $8 million spent by supporters, . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: goldenstate; unionthugs

1 posted on 04/19/2012 1:11:16 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Unions steal the workers' money for political campaigns to which they object.
2 posted on 04/19/2012 4:00:54 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: SmithL
This is by far the most important issue on the ballot. Passing it could stop the slide of California into chaos by cutting off the money for the government unions and their puppets, the Democrats. Sure the Rats will have other sources of money like the lawyers and the Hollyweird Left, but these don't come close to the figures the rats get from the unions.

Each government employee kicks in about $1000 to the union. The teachers' union alone has about 300,000 members. That's $300 MILLION to pay off Democrat politicians, tax increase initiatives, and anything else the bosses want. Add to that the other unions: police, firemen, prison guards, nurses, college teachers and you can see the impact of this.

If we can cut off this money, the state may have a chance. It's certainly not a sure thing but money is the fuel of politics.

To get involved go to http://stopspecialinterestmoney.org/ We can't match the unions' money but we don't have to since most voters are now aware of the way the unions are robbing us to provide wages and benefits that are twice or more what people in the private sector get.
3 posted on 04/20/2012 5:34:55 PM PDT by fifedom
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