Does anyone find it ironic that Prop. 32, an initiative that “allegedly” seeks to stop special interest money, has just received a fat $4 million campaign donation from the American Future Fund – a secretive Super PAC that stands to benefit from the passage of the initiative?
We don’t know what the American Future Fund is because AFF is a 501 (c)(4) organization that does not disclose its donors and can receive unlimited contributions, but we do know it is linked to billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch, which says enough.
The contribution is funding TV ads airing statewide and will most certainly raise the stakes in this campaign that is being hard-fought by CTA and other unions throughout the state.
Fortunately, the No on Proposition 32 campaign has you and our engaged members in communities all over the state. Our members, like Nancy Glenn of the San Bernardino Teachers Association, know the importance of defeating the initiative. In a letter in the San Bernardino Sun this week, Glenn writes, “If Proposition 32 passes, teachers will no longer be able to use our collective voices to advocate for what is right for our students.”
Also, watch the No on 32 TV ad that was launched this week. The ad will run in all major TV markets in California and will run in Spanish as well.
In the meantime, more newspapers have lined up to urge the defeat of Prop. 32. Among them is the San Francisco Chronicle, which calls it an “unbalanced” reform plan. In an editorial in Wednesday’s Contra Costa Times, Prop. 32 is described as “a deceptive sham that would magnify the influence of wealthy interests while shutting out those with competing views.”
Here’s what you can do this week:
Share your thoughts about Prop. 32 on your Facebook page. The Chicago Teachers Union was able to reach 81,000 people through Facebook during its strike. Let’s start to do the same.
Dean E. Vogel