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12th Edition, November 2005 Special Election

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Proposition 75: Public Employee Union Dues.  Required Employee Consent for Political Contributions.  Initiative Statute. Failed


Prohibits public employee labor organizations from using dues or fees for political contributions unless the employee provides prior consent each year on a specified written form.  Prohibition does not apply to dues or fees collected for charitable organizations, health care insurance, or other purposes directly benefiting the public employee.  Requires labor organizations to maintain and submit to the Fair Political Practices Commission records concerning individual employees’ and organizations’ political contributions; those records are not subject to public disclosure. 

Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments:  Probably minor state and local government implementation costs, potentially offset in part by revenues from fines and/or fees. Full Text of Proposition (PDF)

Official Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

    Yes on Proposition 75:

    No on Proposition 75:

Follow the Money

Detailed information about all contributors for and against Prop. 75 is available through Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign finance website. For the most recent contributions, select a committee and click "Late and  $5000+ Contributions Received".

Major contributors supporting Prop. 75 as of October 22 include the California Republican Party of Burbank, Protect Prop. 13, Project of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association of Santa Monica, Richard Riordan of Los Angeles, Small Business Action Committee – PAC of Sacramento, A. Jerrold Perenchio of Los Angeles, Robin P. Arkley, II of Eureka and Frank E. Baxter of Pacific Palisades.

Major contributors opposing Prop. 75 as of October 22 include Alliance for a Better California of Sacramento, AFL-CIO of Washington D.C., Northern California Carpenters Regional Council Issues PAC of Oakland, PACE of California School Employees Association – Issues of Sacramento and the California Teachers Association/Issues PAC of Burlingame.

News Stories about the Initiatives

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For More Information, CVF Recommends...

The California Secretary of State publishes the Official Voter Information Guide with both a Quick Summary and Detailed Information about Proposition 75.

Other good nonpartisan resources include the League of Women Voters' brief Pro/Con Analysis and longer In-Depth Analysis, the McGeorge School of Law California Initiative Review, and the Easy Voter Guide.

Around the Capitol's Election Track featuring up-to-date campaign contribution data.

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