The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
May 11, 2012
Government accountability advocate Common Cause is against the a measure aimed at restricting union political fund-raising that goes before California voters in November.
The proposal would stop unions and businesses from donating money directly to political candidates, although both groups could continue spending on independent expenditure campaigns.
The measure also eliminates payroll-deducted contributions, unions’ primary means of raising money from members. Corporations couldn’t use payroll deductions either, but they get the bulk of their political cash from top executives and company funds.
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