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[X] YES ON CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 32 (2012) -- SCARING THE BEJESUS OUT OF THE UNIONS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

California is ruled by the public employee unions and special interests (lobbyists) who have corrupted the political process to the point where they elect their own politicians to rape the taxpayer. Pushing the taxpayer out of the bargaining process and leaving only corrupt politicians owned by the unions to bargain with the unions. The result has been the near bankruptcy of the State of California and union contracts which are so outrageously manipulated as to present a clear and present danger to the State’s continued fiscal existence.

If you believe that the corruption between politicians and the special interests should stop now, vote for Proposition 32.

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY PAYROLL DEDUCTION. CONTRIBUTIONS TO
CANDIDATES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Restricts unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use restrictions to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Restricts union and corporate contributions to candidates and their committees. Limits government contractor contributions to elected officers or their committees. Fiscal Impact: Increased costs to state and local government, potentially exceeding $1 million annually, to implement and enforce the measure's requirements.

Even the ballot statement is dishonest because it only claims increased government costs exceeding 1 million annually, without mentioning that this proposition has the ability to save the State of California BILLIONS in future unearned pension funds and special interests expenditures – such as the $1 TRILLION dollar train to nowhere which is a perpetual union work project.

Do not believes the lies, distortions, half-truths – and the omni-present pictures of first-responders (fireman, policemen), teachers and nurses and their phony coalitions which exist only in a lawyer or lobbyists office. You no longer trust the politicians or the unions to tell you the truth.

It is time to stop the looting of California and forcing productive companies and people to leave the State … thus increasing the ever-growing tax burden on the remaining taxpayers.

Here is the summary of the proposition …

PROPOSITION 32 -- POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY PAYROLL DEDUCTION. CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

  • Prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors.
  • Permits voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored committee or union if authorized yearly, in writing.
  • Prohibits unions and corporations from contributing directly or indirectly to candidates and candidate controlled committees.
  • Other political expenditures remain unrestricted, including corporate expenditures from available resources not limited by payroll deduction prohibition.
  • Prohibits government contractor contributions to elected officers or officer-controlled committees.

ANALYSIS BY THE LEGISLATIVE ANALYST

Political Contributions. The term political “contribution” generally includes giving money, goods, or services (1) directly to a candidate, (2) at the request of a candidate, or (3) to a committee that uses these resources to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure. Current law limits the amount of political contributions that individuals, groups, and businesses may give to a state candidate (or to committees that give money to a state candidate). In 2012, for example, an individual, group, or business could contribute up to $26,000 to a candidate for Governor and up to $3,900 to a candidate for a legislative office. In addition, current law requires political contributions to be disclosed to state or local election officials. 

Independent Expenditures. Money spent to communicate support or opposition of a candidate or ballot measure generally is considered an independent expenditure if the funds are spent in a way that is not coordinated with (1) a candidate or (2) a committee established to support or oppose a candidate or a ballot measure. For example, developing a television commercial urging voters to “vote for” a candidate is an independent expenditure if the commercial is made without coordination with the candidate’s campaign. Current law does not limit the amount of money individuals, groups, and businesses may spend on independent expenditures. These expenditures, however, must be disclosed to election officials.

Other Political Spending. Some political spending is not considered a political contribution or an independent expenditure. This broad category includes “member communications”— spending by an organization to communicate political endorsements to its members, employees, or shareholders. This spending is not limited by state law and need not be disclosed to election officials. Payroll Deductions. Under limited circumstances, employers may withhold money from an employee’s paycheck. The withheld funds are called “payroll deductions.” Some common payroll deductions include deductions for Social Security, income taxes, medical plans, and voluntary charitable contributions.

Union Dues and Fees. Approximately 2.5 million workers in California are represented by a labor union. Unions represent employees in the collective bargaining process, by which they negotiate terms and conditions of employment with employers. Generally, unions pay for their activities with money raised from (1) dues charged to union members and (2) fair share fees paid by non-union members who the union represents in the collective bargaining process. In many cases, employers automatically deduct these dues and fees from their employees’ paychecks and transfer the money to the unions.

Payroll Deductions Used to Finance Political Spending. Many unions use some of the funds that they receive from payroll deductions to support activities not directly related to the collective bargaining process. These expenditures may include political contributions and independent expenditures—as well as spending to communicate political views to union members. Non-union members may opt out from having their fair share fees used to pay for this political spending and other spending not related to collective bargaining. Other than unions, relatively few organizations currently use payroll deductions to finance political spending in California.

PROPOSAL

The measure changes state campaign finance laws to restrict state and local campaign spending by:

  • Public and private sector labor unions.
  • Corporations.
  • Government contractors.

These restrictions do not affect campaign spending for federal offices such as the President of the United States and members of Congress.

Bans Use of Payroll Deductions to Finance Spending for Political Purposes. The measure prohibits unions, corporations, government contractors, and state and local government
employers from spending money deducted from an employee’s paycheck for “political purposes.” Under the measure, this term would include political contributions, independent expenditures, member communications related to campaigns, and other expenditures to influence voters. This measure would not affect unions’ existing authority to use payroll deductions to pay for other activities, including collective bargaining and political spending in federal campaigns.

Prohibits Political Contributions by Corporations and Unions. The measure prohibits corporations and unions from making political contributions to candidates. That is, they could not make contributions (1) directly to candidates or (2) to committees that then make contributions to candidates. This prohibition, however, does not affect a corporation or union’s ability to spend
money on independent expenditures.

Limits Authority of Government Contractors to Contribute to Elected Officials. The measure prohibits government contractors (including public sector labor unions with collective bargaining
contracts) from making contributions to elected officials who play a role in awarding their contracts. Specifically, government contractors could not make contributions to these elected officials from the time their contract is being considered until the date their contract expires.

Bottom line …

STOP THE POLITICAL/UNION CORRUPTION NOW BEFORE IT BANKRUPTS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA!

There is nothing more to be said. Either you support corruption and deserve the consequences or you fight corruption and attempt to save the State of California.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Proposition 32 – California State Legislative Analysis Summary

Proposition 32 – Text


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