March 20, 2005

CHOOSE DEATH:

Measure targets unions' money: The initiative would require public workers' consent to use their dues for political purposes. (Andy Furillo, March 20, 2005, Sacramento Bee)

Right now, just one tax-cut activist is fronting the effort to check the political clout of the state's public employee unions.

Lurking in the background, however, are the nation's biggest drug companies and their $7.7 million stash of campaign funds, not to mention Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a political campaign committee for which he has pledged to raise millions more.

If and when some or all of them engage in a fight to force the unions to get written employee consent before they can spend dues money for political purposes, it could become the most explosive campaign of the 2005 special election season.

"This will be a donnybrook if it qualifies for the ballot," said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. "The unions will consider this life or death."


Nevermind the unions, it'd be life and death for the Democratic Party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2005 3:27 PM
Comments

Should also allow shareholders to vote whether they want their profits spent on politics too.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at March 21, 2005 11:02 AM
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