The Ballot Argument for Proposition 15


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OFFICIAL BALLOT ARGUMENT FOR PROPOSITION 15

Special interest campaign contributors have too much influence over our state government and must be stopped.

California government is broken. The state budget crisis is crippling our economy. Education funding is at a historic low. Vital services for seniors and people with disabilities are being decimated. Businesses are closing their doors while middle class families struggle to make ends meet.

But rather than solving California’s problems, politicians are busy raising money for their campaigns. We need to get politicians out of the fundraising game so that they will focus on our priorities.

THE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN POLITICS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND CORRUPTING THE SYSTEM!

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, over $1 billion has been raised by California politicians since 2000. All this fundraising buys access for the special interests, shutting out the rest of us.

We need to change the way we finance election campaigns so politicians stay focused on the job we sent them to accomplish.

Prop 15 creates a voluntary pilot program to provide limited public financing for Secretary of State candidates in the 2014 and 2018 elections.

UNDER PROP 15:

  • Candidates who agree to use public funds must prove they have substantial support by getting signatures and $5 contributions from 7,500 registered voters.
  • PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES ARE BANNED FROM RAISING OR SPENDING MONEY BEYOND THE LIMITED FUNDS.
  • SPENDING LIMITS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED. Candidates can only spend on legitimate expenses. Violators would face fines, possible jail time, and prohibitions from running for office in the future.
  • TAXPAYERS AND PUBLIC FUNDS ARE PROTECTED. It will not increase taxes or take away from other important programs.

POLITICIANS SPEND TOO MUCH TIME RAISING MONEY

We have many serious problems to fix in California, from our schools to the state budget to the economy, but our elected officials spend too much time in fundraisers and not enough time doing what they are elected to do.

The League of Women Voters of California says:

“We need to eliminate Big Money’s unfair influence on elected officials who ultimately decide the public policies that affect us most. Passing Prop 15 will allow elected officials to start focusing on the public’s interests, instead of returning political favors to their campaign donors.”

The California Nurses Association says:

“Insurance and pharmaceutical companies undermine healthcare reform through massive spending to influence candidates. Prop 15 helps to get big money out of important public policy.”

There are plenty of qualified Californians with good ideas who can’t compete in today’s money-driven elections. PROP 15 WILL OPEN UP THE PROCESS SO OUR SECRETARY OF STATE IS THE PERSON WITH THE BEST IDEAS AND EXPERIENCE, NOT JUST THE BEST FUNDRAISER.

Join the bipartisan coalition of nurses, teachers, small business owners, good government experts, public safety officials, consumer groups, seniors, investors, environmentalists, faith communities, Democrats, Republicans and Independents in voting Yes on Prop 15.

VOTE YES ON PROP 15, BECAUSE CAMPAIGNS SHOULD BE WON, NOT BOUGHT BY THE SPECIAL INTERESTS.

For more information, please visit www.YesOnProp15.org.

SIGNED BY:

Jeannine English, California State President
AARP

Zenaida T. Cortez, RN, President
California Nurses Association

Reverend Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director
California Church IMPACT



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