Prop 89 advocates are relying on a bit of street theater to get their message out—a Sacramento event featured someone dressed up as disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The measure would create a public funding source for campaigns, through a tax on corporations. It’s being spearheaded by the California Nurses Association. David Welch is a nurse from Chico:
“Instead of getting their campaign money from big corporations and special interests, candidates would get their money from a public fund…”
The measure would require candidates to collect small donations to qualify for funding.
The long list of opponents includes the California Chamber of Commerce. Robin Swanson is with the “Stop Prop 89” campaign.
“California voters really have to ask themselves if they want to be funding the campaigns of the Larry Flynts and the Mary Careys and the Gary Colemans of the world.”
Opponents say tax dollars are better spent fixing roads and schools.