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Payroll Deduction Measure Qualifies for Ballot

The proposal would ban both corporations and labor unions from collecting political funds through “payroll deduction”. Dan Schnur is the former Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and a former Republican strategist. He said in an era of independent expenditure committees, money won’t stop flowing to campaigns.

“The great irony is that even if this initiative were to pass, under the current rules for campaign finance, it probably wouldn’t have nearly as much of an impact today as it might of in years past, because it’s so much easier to raise large sums of money from other sources,” said Schnur.

The California Labor Federation said corporations don’t collect political contributions through payroll deduction - and calls this an effort to silence unions. The measure’s supporters claimed it would limit the power of special interests in the political process.