Paycheck protection measure qualifies

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 16, 2011

A ballot measure that aims to prohibit labor unions and corporations from using automatic employee/member payroll deductions for political purposes has qualified for the November 2012 general election.  If approved, corporations, employee unions and certain contractors doing business with the state will also be prohibited from contributing to candidate-controlled committees.  The measure, entitled the “Stop Special Interest Money Now Act,” is supported by Republican groups that argue special interests have too much power and influence over the political process.  The measure is similar to a 2005 initiative supported by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that failed to pass.  According to reports, the measure has been well received by the public and was able to gather well over the number of required signatures needed to qualify.  Despite these positive reports, proponents are preparing for an expected, well-funded opposition effort during next year’s campaign.  

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