June 8, 2010 Ballot Prop. 15

Proposition 15: Fair Elections

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 1,623,568 (42.5%)
No votes: 2,189,734 (57.5%)

The state ban on funding for political campaigns for elected offices would be lifted. For the 2014 and 2018 elections, candidates for the office of Secretary of State could choose to receive public funds to pay for the costs of campaigns if they reached certain requirements. Charges related to lobbyists would be increased to pay for these costs.

Pro/Con Statements

Supporters say that the amount of money in politics is detrimental and corrupts the political system. They claim that Proposition 15 will get politicians to focus on California's priorities instead of raising money.
Opponents say that Proposition 15 will raise taxes without accountability. They claim that the Proposition will provide taxpayer money to politicians to fund their campaigns while still allowing politicians to raise money from special interest groups.