Can Prop 32 stop special interest money?
(KTSF by Susannah Lee)
Proposition 32, the “Paycheck Protection” Initiative, aims at stopping political funds from special interest parties from influencing state politics.
Specifically, it bans both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates; bans contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them; and bans automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics.
Prop 32 is opposed by many labor unions, including unions of the public services sector, who argue that it can only target and silent the unions while leaving corporations free to cast their influences.
“The reality is corporations do not make payroll deductions, they get money for political activity from their shareholders, their profits, so it will allow those corporations to continue to dominate the political conversation” says Georgia Gero, union member of the California Faculty Association.
While the opposers are concerned that corporations could make political contributions through super PACs, Brad Dacus, Chairman of the Pacific Justice Insitute does not agree.
“Both unions and corporations funding independent PACs is protected by the Constitution, which cannot be banned. This is already a case under the Federal Law. We are just looking to make it the same fairness under the state law” he says.
Prop 32 does not concern funding to sponsor political advertisements.
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