The State Worker: Unions already battling against November political money initiative

By Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

story mug OrtizWe’re months from when the real fighting starts, but already the labor union and business interests on opposite sides of a November ballot measure are honing their messages.

“The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act” would ban both unions and corporations from contributing directly to candidates. Both could still fund independent expenditure campaigns to support them.

The measure, which hasn’t been assigned a proposition number yet, is especially tough on labor because it would ban all payroll-deducted contributions – unions’ primary method of raising money for those independent expenditure committees.

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