Getting Out the Vote for "Yes on Proposition 15"
Our Government is broken. The amount of money in politics
is outrageous and corrupts the system. Over $1 billion has
been raised by California politicians since 2000. All this
fundraising buys access for special interests, but it shuts
out the rest of us.
Proposition 15 on the June ballot will change the way we
finance election campaigns so politicians stay focused on
the job we sent them to do! Prop 15 gets participating
politicians out of the fund raising game and back to
solving California's problems.
Proposition 15 is the only answer voters
have to confront the insanity of the recent Supreme Court
Ruling which grants Corporations citizens rights to freedom
Qualified candidates receive limited public financing and
are banned from raising or spending any beyond it. Prop 15
is a pilot project for Secretary of State candidates in
2014 and 2018, and it is tough: Violators would face fines,
possible jail time, and prohibitions from running for
office. Props 15 also will, as the LA Times said in its
endorsement of Prop 15, "lift an earlier ban on public
financing" in the state. This is a good thing indeed.
So, I have a task for all Progressives in California, a
task that may actually change the way the public views
their responsibility and connection to politics and their
It is really simple. Ready?
Pick up your phone, call everyone who you know who is a
registered voter in California and tell them you are voting
Yes on Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act,
and ask them to do the same. If you have a good email list,
send them and email to the same effect. Yup, that's it.
Simple and easy to do.
Why is this necessary?
Because most people, especially Democrats who are more
inclined to vote for Prop 15, have very few other reasons
to think about this election even though there are some
pretty bad Propositions on the ballot (other than Prop 15)
and no really important races in this Democratic party
primary at the top for Governor. So people may not get out
and vote unless you ask them to do so.
Now the Propositions are different and Prop 15 is a huge
advancement for changing the way we elect candidates in the
future, so we need to get as many people out to vote Yes on
15 as possible.Now personally, I'm voting Yes on Prop 15
and No on the other 4 Propositions because I feel the
others are clearly designed only to benefit corporate
interests and not the public interests.
Prop 15 is another story all together, and once past, can
be the catalysts to changing how elections in California
are funded, and that is a big deal.
To read more about how Prop 15 changes the game, go to
Then do what we activists do so well, tell others what
we're thinking and why we want them to act as well.
All across the state, Op/Ed Columns have come out
overwhelmingly to support a Yes on Prop 15 vote. The list
of organizations and individuals support Prop 15 is nothing
more than astounding.
The bigger the win for Prop 15 the bigger the message we
can send to politicians that the public wants money out of
politics, and the solution if Full Public Funding of
Absentee voting starts long before June 8th,. Let's make
those calls today and make sure Yes on Prop 15 passes with
flying colors so we can start to fix our broken government.
Wayne Williams is the Secretary/Treasurer of California
Clean Money Action Fund.
See the article on Beyond Chron website