Sacramento Bee Columnist Jon Ortiz knows what billionaire political players and special interests had in mind when they put the Special Exemptions Act on the November 2012 ballot – gutting the political power of middle class working women and men and silencing their voices.
Ortiz reports that the measure pretends to level the political playing field, but it will in reality allow wealthy political contributors to skirt regulations and increase their political power. These wealthy interests already outspend labor by a ratio of 15-1.
“It promises to gut the power of labor unions because they raise nearly all of their money for political and other purposes via payroll-deducted dues from their members’ paychecks,” Ortiz writes. “Corporations, by contrast, raise the bulk of their campaign money from donations given by top executives and drawn from company treasuries.”
Read more about this deceptive and cynical power play in the Sacramento Bee’s Move Over Wisconsin.