Monday, March 20, 2006

Anti- Measure T Group Formed

A group calling themselves the No On Measure T Committee has been formed and has their campaign web site up and running, although still under construction. I added my name to the list. Need more names on the list so, if you're opposed to Measure T- that's the upcoming local ballot initiative that would ban contributions from "non- local" corporations to local campaigns- send an e-mail to them (actually me, since I'm the webmaster) with your name and home town.

I've commented on Measure T here before and have said I'm sympathetic to the idea of outside forces not being able to interfere in local affairs via elections. I've also said the cases the Measure T forces use to justify their position, Wal Mart and the Gallegos recall, were cases where the so- called outside forces failed. The outside forces, though, did give the minority opinion in those cases the means to present their case effectively which I think is generally a good thing.

As Chris Crawford points out in his ballot argument, this applies only to non- local corporations but not to unions. The voters rejected a similar statewide measure in the last special election that restricted union contributions (actually, that one didn't really restrict contributions, it just required unions get permission from individual members before using their dues for political purposes) but it didn't restrict business contributions and voters rejected that, some say, because it wasn't fair. Seems to me this is no different.

So, head on over to measuretno.org and add your name to the list and if you have a short statement to add to the statement page, send that in too. Looks like campaign season is heating up once again.

5 Comments:

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Fred. It's another "We get to restrict you, but we can do what you can't." I believe in campaign reform and could live with limits or bans for corp. contributions to candidates because of the appearance of impropriety. (the courts agree) I do not like T because it applies to measures and other races. To me this is wrong. (to the courts this is wrong too - there is a bay area case on point.)

But this one sided Measure is only there for one reason.

If this said no out of town money at all and applied to non-profits too, it would be more palatable, but certainly still unconstitutional. Unfortuately, the proponents don't really care about the unlawfulness of the Measure. But - if it passes, it can't survive review in courts because the proponents violated one central tenent in legal analysis - don't try to use things out of context to pad your point, you will get called on it. Unfortunately, it will be another divisive game that hurts Humboldt citizens.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Rose said...

An important point with regards to the anti-corporate donations intiative is that, while it hogties the corporate special interests, it does not mention the 'orgs,' leaving those special interest groups free to use their money to influence voters and affect elections.

 
At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Fred is a big doner with $350 in web work.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Yep, and I live here.

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do I.

 

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