DeVore Leads GOP in Fighting Union Corruption


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U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore is leading the charge against government corruption by throwing his support behind the Citizen Power Initiative, a California ballot measure and proposed constitutional amendment that will end the corrupt practice of allowing taxpayer money to be funneled to political causes through public employee unions.  Read the rest of the press release here:

Tustin, CA [December 21, 2009] – U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore this week endorsed the Citizen Power Initiative, a California ballot measure and proposed constitutional amendment that will end the corrupt practice of allowing taxpayer money to be funneled to political causes through public employee unions.

DeVore, who currently serves in the California State Assembly representing the 70th District, is the first prominent Republican candidate to endorse the Citizen Power Initiative. DeVore said, “California’s fiscal crisis will continue unless we can break the political machine. The political alliance created by legislators and the powerful public employee unions who bankroll their campaigns results in bigger government, more spending, and taxpayers are shut out of the process. Nothing will change until we get the government out of the business of collecting union members’ dues that are used for politics.”

The Citizen Power Campaign (www.UnplugThePoliticalMachine.org) is currently collecting signatures to qualify the Citizen Power Initiative for the November 2010 ballot.

“Chuck’s endorsement shows political leadership and political courage,” said Dawn Wildman, an initiative proponent. “Opposing California’s public employee unions paints a target on your back.” She cites a recent example, where a San Diego county firefighters union bankrolled a political campaign to remove an Oceanside Councilman who supported reforming firefighter pensions.

DeVore is a longtime supporter of “paycheck protection” laws aimed at limiting the power of California’s public employee unions. What’s different about the Citizen Power Initiative, DeVore noted, is that while previous attempts focused on getting employees’ permission to use their union dues for politics, this initiative simply takes the government out of the business of collecting dues for politics at all.

DeVore said, “Simply put, the government should not be taking what is essentially taxpayer money and giving it to union bosses for politics. The employee doesn’t even see the money because their dues are automatically deducted from their paychecks, like taxes. The government shouldn’t be involved at all, especially when the union bosses are funding the political campaigns of the same government officials who set their salaries and pensions.”

To read the full text of the initiative and to learn more, visit www.UnplugThePoliticalMachine.org and click on “The Solution.”

To download petitions and join the Citizen Power Campaign’s online community, visit www.UnplugThePoliticalMachine.ning.com.

THE CITIZEN POWER CAMPAIGN
The Citizen Power Campaign combines grassroots taxpayer organizers, retirees, and political veterans. The initiative’s official proponents are Mark Meckler and Dawn Wildman, California’s Tea Party Patriot state coordinators; Larry Sand, retired public school teacher and founder of the California Teacher Empowerment Network; Allan Mansoor, Costa Mesa Mayor and Orange County Deputy Sheriff; and Mark Bucher, Orange County attorney and author of the 1998 ‘paycheck protection’ initiative, Proposition 226. The Lincoln Club of Orange County, a group of about 200 business owners and executives who believe in limited government, lower taxes, and the promotion of free enterprise, has been an early supporter and financial contributor to the Citizen Power Campaign.

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