The Facts on Prop 32
Prop 32 is a misleading proposition and isn't quite what it seems. We've distilled the main questions about the measure below in search of the facts.
1. What would Prop 32 do?
Prop 32 claims to get money out of politics, but it actually does the opposite. It prohibits unions from giving to candidates, but multinational corporations and Wall Street tycoons would still be able to give unlimited amounts to political campaigns without having to disclose who they are, or how much they give.
Prop 32 permanently bars middle class workers, including firefighters, nurses and teachers from participating in the political system, creating an uneven playing field that allows a few very wealthy individuals and out-of-state corporate interests to influence elected officials and rewrite state laws in their favor.
2. Who is behind the campaign?
Prop 32 was designed by a handful of insiders to rig the system in their favor.
The ultra-conservative Lincoln Club - backed by millionaires including Thomas Siebel, Charles Munger Jr. and Bill Bloomfield - wrote this law to eliminate the political rights of groups who oppose their agenda.
Wealthy individuals and corporations can still use their money to buy elections and demand favors from the politicians who benefit. Its real purpose is to create an uneven playing field by allowing unlimited, undisclosed corporate campaign spending while banning labor unions, who frequently oppose corporate policies, from all campaign activities.
3. What's Prop 32 really about?
Prop 32 isn't reform, it's about control. It's full of loopholes giving special exemptions to billionaire CEOs, land developers, Wall Street hedge fund managers and corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns with no disclosure and no accountability.
4. What will happen if the Prop 32 passes?
Under Prop 32, who will look out for real people? Prop 32 will leave middle class workers with less say in the political process. Without the voice of working Californians, corporate interests stand a greater chance of rolling back workplace safety laws, diminishing employee health care benefits, privatizing Social Security and cutting seniors' Medicare benefits.
If Prop 32 passes it will concentrate even more power with multinational corporations, making it harder to close corporate tax loopholes, rewarding companies that move jobs out of the United States.
5. Who is fighting against Prop 32?
"A fraud to end all frauds."
Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, August 19th, 2012.
The coalition opposing Prop 32 has earned respect for straight talk. Prop 32 is opposed by the respected, non-partisan League of Women Voters of California, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, consumer groups and tens of thousands of local firefighters, police officers, classroom teachers and nurses.