Steve Smith of state AFL-CIO claims that dark money groups including the Koch brothers and Karl Rove have donated millions to pass Proposition 32. The American Future Fund (AFF), a front group for corporate special interests that’s linked to the Kochs, dropped $4 million to the effort to pass Prop 32. American Future Fund is an Iowa-based “advocacy organization” backed primarily by oil interests and directly linked to billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch. As a 501(c)(4) organization, AFF does not disclose its donors and can receive unlimited contributions.
Like the battle for Wisconsin last year, Prop.32 in California is a part of a sustained anti union effort on the part of right wing extremist forces well funded by U.S. billionaires. Bill Fletcher in his fine book, “They’re Bankrupting Us” and 20 other Myths about Unions, (2012) traces this major assault on unions back to the 1980’s and the Ronald Reagan presidency. It is worth noting that Ronald Reagan was governor of California from 1968-1976, Reagan crafted and fashioned his assault on labor through his campaign against the United Farm Workers and in favor of the grape growers. The tools of the assault, and the ideological battles were developed and tested against the UFW before Reagan became a viable candidate for the Presidency. Now, with Proposition 32 we are back to California to further decimate labor’s political participation.
We in Sacramento DSA have been tabling against Prop.32 and for Proposition 30 an effort to fund the schools and public services for over 4 weeks on the CSU-Sacramento campus. We have assistance and literature from my union the California Faculty Association (NEA, SEIU).
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