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 of speech.
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 government.
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 https://www.YesOnProp15.org
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 Elections.
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.
California Clean Money Action Fund
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Wayne Williams is a board member of VDU and Secretary/Treasurer of the California Clean Money Action Fund, the 501c(4) working to pass the California Fair Elections Act on the June 2010 ballot.
Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.