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Supporters of California's Proposition 32, the measure that claims to get special interest money out of campaigns but in fact targets unions while allowing corporate money to keep flowing, have connections to basically any kind of offensive politics you could name. It starts with the assault on unions and the protection of corporate spending, of course, and goes on to homophobes and school privatizers. But it goes on. Several of Prop. 32's big backers have also given money to some truly vicious anti-immigrant politicians.

For instance, at least two Prop. 32's biggest donors have given to Allen Mansoor, now a candidate for State Assembly and previously mayor of Costa Mesa, California:

In 2005, well before Arizona ever passed its anti-immigrant law SB 1070, Mansoor authorized Costa Mesa police to run immigration checks on individuals suspected of crimes, as well as on unlicensed drivers. He even proposed authorizing local police to investigate federal immigration crimes—creating a national news story over fear the rule would result in the racial profiling of Latinos.
But Frying Pan News' Matthew Fleischer raises a bigger issue:
Earlier this week, the Prop. 32 campaign netted a massive $11 million donation from a mysterious non-profit calling itself Americans for Responsible Leadership. The organization is based in Arizona.

Little is known about ARL, and even less about its financial supporters. Our efforts to contact the group by press-time were unsuccessful.

Despite the scant details over the Arizona money’s origins, however, its infusion into the political process ultimately points to the greatest cause for concern over Prop. 32—the complete unknown.

Take union money out of politics and we just don't know what could happen. Republicans don't have to have a concrete agenda in place now. If they win this one, they'll have knocked out the financial power of one of the big forces fighting them from elections at every level to ballot measures. That's why they rightly see this measure as a chance to make Republicans competitive in California elections.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM PDT.

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  •  Voting NO on 32 right now but (5+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga, rbird, Aunt Pat, StrayCat, KenBee

    would appreciate insight on props 31,38 and 40, as well as which state assembly candidate is the BETTER democrat: Ting or Breyer.

  •  The first time I registered to vote in 71' (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, KenBee, fhcec

    I couldn't vote because I didn't know how to find my polling place.

    So I'm sharing this voting info with everyone. I think it would be especially helpful to first time voters.  

    Vote And Encourage Others To Vote.  And; Please Vote Democratic, Of Course! Voting Info By State

    Verify Your Voter Registration Status. Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. Frequently Asked Voting Questions

    Polling Place Finder And Voting Info League Of Women Voters Registering to Vote and Voting Frequently Asked Questions ie Absentee Voting, Questions for Uniformed Services/Family Members, Questions for Overseas Citizens and many more.

    Voting info from 1%($) Of Population Is Narcissistic.

    Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

    by rebel ga on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:31:22 PM PDT

  •  Environment (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, KenBee, librarisingnsf

    There's pretty much no constituency in California (other than business executives and hedge fund managers) that is NOT adversely affected by this initiative.

    Here's how Prop 32 will impact environmental protections, which is why the Sierra Club California is joining labor in coming out swinging against the measure:

  •  The Anti-32 Adds (4+ / 0-)
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    rbird, Aunt Pat, KenBee, librarisingnsf

    are numerous and informative here in California.  Since the Republicans command only about 35% of the state legislature, every so often they try to sneak a ballot initiative past the electorate.  They only need about 300,000 signatures to get on the ballot.  With good turnout, I am fairly confident this will not pass.

    Bene Scriptum, Bene Intellectum.

    by T C Gibian on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:58:00 PM PDT

  •  Proposition 32: (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, annieli, KenBee, librarisingnsf

    One of the Top 10 Worst Propositions I've Ever Seen.

    The intentions of its authors are EVIL.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:15:29 PM PDT

  •  Voted absentee last week. Voted No on 32. (4+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, librarisingnsf, leema, fhcec

    Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't.... (then it's on to Plan B or more duct tape).

    by Aunt Pat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:20:54 PM PDT

  •  corporations are people (1+ / 0-)
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    unions who definitely represent the vast majority of their members views are to be outlawed in fascist america, suppress the minority vote now the union vote, playing by the rules only applies to one side because the other side has no facts on its side.

    •  corporations are people while unions are (0+ / 0-)

      special interests. Firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses, longshoremen, grocery workers...all special interests. Unless, of course, a GOPolitician needs them for a photo op and then they aren't special interests. They're just props for 30 minutes until they lose their usefulness.

      "An injury to one is an injury to all"

      by jhb90277 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:34:55 PM PDT

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  •  RW radio leads anti immigration efforts and (0+ / 0-)

    related issues (voter suppression, ID) and passing related laws, but there is still no organized opposition to it.

     and the california universities (like UCLA) will endorse those stations and their anti immigration efforts by broadcasting sports on them.

    democrats and liberals will lose elections because of it.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:33:24 PM PDT

    •  right wing radio's job is to garner (1+ / 0-)
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      votes form all the little dark minds & cesspools  for the Republican Party to ensure that Big Business profits at their expense.   They just don't realize how they are being manipulated...used and then abused.

      "I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." Richard Feynman

      by leema on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:30:46 PM PDT

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      •  for edification: the "they" refers to those (0+ / 0-)

        who dwell in cesspools and have evil little minds et al and are being used so well by the Republicans..

        "I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." Richard Feynman

        by leema on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:33:32 PM PDT

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  •  Doesn't Citizens United make Prop 32 Unconst't'l? (0+ / 0-)

    Help me out here, I'm not clear how under the Citizens United doctrine such a state law could be allowed to stand.


    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:43:07 PM PDT

    •  32 is about forbidding payroll deductions for (0+ / 0-)

      political action.  

      Citizens United is about allowing corporations to use money from their treasury to give to political programs, which they do;  bosses already strongarm managers to write checks to political programs or campaigns, etc. and have never relied on payroll for contributions.

      Union dues have always been taken as paycheck deductions to workers wages, and Unions use a portion of that for political programs.   Prop 32 would require that no dues deducted from wages be used, but that the union would have to go to each member and request a donation for the political campaign completely separate from their union dues.  

      As you can imagine, the lawsuits around this would be terrible because how do you separate the reason for having a union from their ability to influence politics?  How well would a union survive if they basically had to stop getting payroll deductions from paychecks?    

  •  Deception and Misdirection (1+ / 0-)
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    More deception from the Right in favor of their big-money corporate paymasters!

  •  CA is the target of so many right wing groups... (2+ / 0-)
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    librarisingnsf, fhcec makes me sick.

    Because California lead the country in social and political attitudes and is so pivotal for so many causes, right wing groups are compelled to pour their dirty money here.

    From Proposition 8 to this one and many others now.

    It almost makes me want we were an independent country.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:52:49 PM PDT

  •  Prop 32 is a trap baited with sweet-smelling (1+ / 0-)
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    "reforms" and some otherwise-sensible folks are going to fall for it.
    The are two main canards:

    "Unions and corporations will be prohibited from contributing directly to candidates"... fine, but direct donations are not the problem. They're currently capped at the same level as individual donations. That's only $4,300 for a legislative seat, more for state offices and the governor. It's the PACs, and bundlers that contribute the big bucks, and Prop 32 does nothing about them.

    "Government contractors may not contribute to campaigns of elected officials"... right, that's only during the bidding and term of the contract. Before and after they can spend freely.

    The threat is from the main provision:

    "Unions and employers may not deduct funds for political activity from paychecks without permission"... yeah well, union members can "opt out" of their PAC contribution at any time, but it's really like saying that you're going to be fair and take penises away from both men and women. Corporations don't use employee payroll contributions to fund their PACs.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:53:15 PM PDT

    •  as if corporations deduct political contributions (0+ / 0-)

      ...from their employee's paychecks.

      i've been getting the "yes on 32" flyers in the mail and they actually highlight the section below to make it sound like they are applying the same rules to unions and corporations alike.

      they're trying to be slick with the wording but a stupid voter is a stupid voter.  the trouble with ballot measures is that you have to read the fine print and many people don't take the time to do that.  at the very least i will seek out a voter guide to lead me in the right direction.  for me, the tell is often who is sponsoring the TV ad or distributing the flyer.  that fine print on those tell me more than anything.

      85151. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law and this title, no corporation, labor union, public employee labor union, government contractor, or government employer shall deduct from an employee’s wages, earnings, or compensation any amount of money to be used for political purposes.

      I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

      by blue drop on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 01:44:48 AM PDT

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  •  I normally hate to do this, but I'm going off- (2+ / 0-)
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    leema, fhcec

    topic to report some EXCELLENT news. Over on Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, the NY Times is reporting that Iran has agreed to nuclear talks.

    These talks have been going on since the start of the Obama administration and represent a coup for Obama and Hillary,
    et. al., and the news comes just before the 3rd debate on
    foreign policy. Yipppppeeeeee!

    (And I live in CA, and have commented before on CA politics recently. But again, sorry.)

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Shakespeare, Henry V

    by Wildthumb on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:03:04 PM PDT

  •  Voted NO on 32 and YES on 30 (0+ / 0-)

    NO on 32 to keep a tidal wave of one sided $$  from wiping out what is left of democracy in CA.
    YES on 30 to help keep future citizens educated so they can understand the deceptiveness of a proposition like 32!  

    "I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." Richard Feynman

    by leema on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:35:37 PM PDT

  •  Hey Laura (0+ / 0-)

    Check out today's Arizona Republic.  10/20
    "Consider Campaign Ad source...If You Can"

    The $11 million also fights Prop 30.

    Jerry Brown calls them money launderers.

  •  GOP will not be competitive (0+ / 0-)

    Meg Whitman proved that Republicans don't become competitive with more money (or a money advantage).  Republicans become competitive when they move into the 21st century.  Money's got nothing to do with it.

    •  Money has everything to do with it. (0+ / 0-)

        When all the advertising dollars influence the newspapers and tv stations to 'slant' the news, or omit reporting of it,  you have so little information available for your city, town, county, and state that you can no longer make intelligent decisions.  
          When subsidiaries of global hedge funds own conglomerations of 120 different local newspapers and have the news reported and written and edited from India, and fire all the local reporters, money is important.
           When Rupert Murdoch buys the LA times out of bankruptcy,  and trashed that paper as he has so many others, it's all about money.  
           When the Wall Street Journal doesn't fully report an interview with the Secretary of State, it's about Money.

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