From Contra Costa Times:
SACRAMENTO — Government reform groups lashed out Monday at a ballot initiative that claims its intent is to eliminate special interest money from Sacramento.
At a news conference, leaders from Common Cause California and League of Women Voters said that Proposition 32, dubbed “Stop Special Interest Money Now,” is an age-old assault on union power dressed up as campaign finance reform.
“It’s not at all what it seems,” said Trudy Schafer, of the state League of Women Voters. “It promises political reform but it’s really designed by its special interest backers to help themselves and harm their opponents.”
The measure was written by a core group of Orange County Republicans who have failed in three statewide campaigns to restrict labor unions’ ability to collect members’ dues for political purposes. This time, they’ve attempted to broaden their appeal by seeking to ban corporate and union donations to candidates and campaigns — in addition to forbidding unions from collecting dues for campaigns.
But opponents said Proposition 32 will not take money out of politics because so-called super PACs and independent expenditure groups will still be allowed to spend unlimited money — and will likely become even more predominant in campaigns.