Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ooops! Greens Do Support Campaign Initiative

I guess I spoke too soon in saying the Arcata Greens opposed the initiative to limit corporate contributions to local campaigns. Other Greens in Arcata say the vast majority do support the initiative, which is as I suspected it would be, if true.

Somewhat naive of me to take the results of a committee meeting at face value. Then again, some would suggest that's what those sorts of organizational meetings are supposed to be for and, as was pointed out, the meeting was announced and open to the public so those who chose not to attend can piss and moan all they want.

Whatever. Good thing is, at least I don't feel any need to apologize now.


At 11:15 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

I'm so glad that people sitting on council support a illegal measure that will be overturned in a court of law. Greg Allen does have alot to lose over this, he doesn't work in this area, as his law office is based in Sunnyvalle. Under this, both Greg Allen and Richard Salzman would be unable to do anything local, as their business. Quite silly anyways that two of the "support local" yahoos don't have their businesses here in Humboldt County.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Ahhh, but does this proposed law apply to private businesses as well, or just corporations. Something I never paid attention to.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Most businesses incorporate. It's easier and more cost effective to do so. Most Arcatans think of wal-mart, KFC, etc when they hear the word "corporation". They are ignorant of the fact that most small businesses are in fact corporations.

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

The bottom link has a comparison chart.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

This is going to limit alot of local places that went LLC because of higher cost of having employees. Unless they have loop-hole the size of dumptrucks and road trains in this. I mean even some of the people who have one logging truck have become corporations to protect themselves from lawsuits. And if someone just wanted to do something local, would all they have to do is start a small local company? For $40 you too can do that at City Hall.

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its too bad those crybaby councilmembers dont know state law:

"The Elections Code imposes certain criminal penalties for abuses related to the circulation of initiative petitions. It prohibits circulators from misrepresenting the purpose or contents of the petition to potential petition signers..The law provides criminal penalties for persons, including public officials, who make false affidavits (for example, the circulator's declaration is an affidavit), returns, or certifications concerning any initiative measure (§§ 18660, 18661)...It should be noted that the petition or list of signatures may be used for no purpose other than the qualification of the initiative measure. This requirement prohibits using the names and addresses on petition sections for a mailing list for fundraising or other purposes (§ 18650)..."


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