November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 32

Proposition 32: Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction

Official Results

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

Yes votes: 5,400,218 (43.4%)
No votes: 7,043,915 (56.6%)

Proposition 32 prohibits unions, corporations, and government contractors from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. It prohibits union and corporate contributions to candidates and their committees, and government contractor contributions to elected officers or their committees.

Pro/Con Statements

Proponents of Prop. 32 believe that unions and corporate donors are special interests and should not be permitted to donate to political campaigns. They say that Prop. 32 will bar them from contributing with no exception. They also claim that the measure will bar contractors from contributing to politicians who approve their contracts.
Opponents of Prop. 32 claim that it will unfairly bar contributions by unions since it allows business Super PACs and independent expenditure committees to still contribute. They believe that the measure is largely supported by big businesses who will not be subject to its restrictions.
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