Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Yes on 89 : Clean Money Campaign

We Have a Crisis of Corruption in Our Government
Lobbyists and special interests contribute millions to politicians who pass their pork barrel projects and tax loopholes – costing taxpayers like you billions.
Prop 89: Politicians Accountable to Voters Instead. Its Three Powerful Components Are:
1) Strict contribution limits
Prop 89 ends the fundraising madness with constitutional limits so regular voters aren’t drowned out by big money.
Bans contributions from lobbyists and state contractors
Limits contributions from corporations, unions, and individuals to state candidates
Limits corporation donations to initiatives to $10,000
2) Clean Money public financing of political campaigns
Prop 89 levels the playing field so new candidates can win on their ideas, not because of the money they raise.
Candidates who agree to spending limits and to take no private contributions qualify for public funding
$5 contributions from voters required to prove viability
Clean candidates receive enough to run competitive campaigns. They can't raise money beyond public funds
3) Tough disclosure and enforcement for politicians
Prop 89 stops candidates from hiding behind negative ads and punishes politicians who violate the law.
Makes wealthy self-funded candidates disclose the amount of personal funds they will spend
Publicly financed candidates must engage in debates
Imposes mandatory jail time and provides for removal from office of candidates who break the law.
Full details about Prop 89
Bottom line:
Prop 89 Makes Elections About Ideas Not Money
That’s why trusted groups representing your interests — like the League of Women Voters of California, California Common Cause, the Consumer Federation of California, and the California Clean Money Campaign — support Prop 89.
And why lobbyists and special interests — like big oil, drug companies, insurance firms, HMOs and some unions — don’t.

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