Prop. 89 for Change
Political corruption is everywhere in California. Special
interests have too much power in Sacramento, and the rest
of us pay the price. Proposition 89 is the antidote, the
means for California voters to take back our
Gas prices in California average 50cents higher than the
national average because refineries keep low supplies on
hand and block effective price competition.
Oil and gas companies have piped in over $40 million in
political contributions since 2002 to keep it that way.
Our classrooms are too crowded with inadequate supplies,
computers, art and music programs for our kids.
Legislative giveaways to lobbyist-driven projects and $3.3
billion in corporate tax loopholes divert money that should
be used to improve our schools.
State contractors get sweetheart deals to build highways on
their schedule while our highways remain clogged.
Is it any wonder that two-thirds of Californians think the
state is run by a few big interests, and 61 percent believe
big political contributions have a harmful effect on public
From 2001 through May 2006, more than $1.7 billion in
checks of $5,000 or more were written to influence
The contributions have a crushing effect on our
Politicians are unwilling or unable to act on solving
problems - from health care to pollution to fiscal policy -
for fear of offending the big campaign donors. Regular
Californians and small businesses see their voices drowned
out by the biggest contributors. Voters feel the
politicians won't listen to them, and increasingly they
just stay home on election day.
With Prop. 89, voters can strike a blow at the corrupted
politicians and the special interests and restore some
balance and fairness in our political system.
It establishes tough limits on contributions from
corporations, unions or individuals to candidates and all
committees that seek to influence the election of
The measure establishes a limit of $10,000 on how much
corporations can spend on initiatives (consider the $25
million Chevron has spend just on Prop. 87) and a bar on
contributions from lobbyists and state contractors.
The measure also would offer limited public funds to
qualified candidates who want to serve their constituents
free from obligation to private donors. And there is tough
disclosure and enforcement language to make sure
participants play by the rules.
As you can guess, those who enjoy their present
stranglehold in Sacramento will say anything and spend
whatever they think it takes to protect their privileged
status. That's why the opposition to Prop. 89 is being
bankrolled by big insurance firms, oil companies, utility
and drug giants, developers, large banks, and some of the
other biggest corporations in California and the
By contrast, Prop. 89 has the support of good government
groups that have worked for years for effective political
reform and other trusted community organizations, including
the League of Women Voters, American Association of Retired
Persons (AARP), Common Cause, California Nurses
Association, the Sierra Club and scores more.
If you're fed up with the present system and you'd like to
see it change, here's your chance.
Vote "yes" on Prop. 89.
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