SAN FRANCISCO
10/23/2012 03:07 am ET

Prop 32: Taking Special Interest Money Out Of Politics Or The Death Knell For California Unions?

Prop 32 would ban unions and corporations for using any money deducted from an employee’s paycheck for political purposes.

However, when “unions and corporations,” really means “unions." The law would effectively outlaw the primary way labor groups engage in politics while doing little to alter political spending by corporations, which rarely use paycheck deductions to finance their political operations. Naturally, Democrats and friends of organized labor oppose the bill, while Republicans and union bashers oppose it.

California voters have twice rejected "paycheck protection” laws in 1998 and 2005.

The bill would also bar both unions and corporations for donating directly to candidates or ballot measures. However, in the post-Citizens United world of unlimited and anonymous spending by groups not directly affiliated any given campaign, this part of the law would do little to stop anyone from pushing their political agendas.

Additionally, Prop 32 would also ban companies competing for government contracts from contributing to officials in the position of approving those contracts.

For: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Business Alliance, California for Property Rights.

Against: California Democratic Party, California Federation of Teachers, Sierra Club California.

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