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BLOG: Prop. 32 gives Sacramento a scrubbing

This week, the Yes on Proposition 32 campaign, supporting the Stop Special Interest Money Now Act, welcomed the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business/California — the voice of small businesses in this state and across the nation.

NFIB/California joins Democrats, Republicans and a growing number of voters, taxpayers and small businesses in support of this initiative that will fundamentally reform the state's campaign finance system — the root of Sacramento’s dysfunction.

John Kabateck, executive director, NFIB/California, said that California’s political system isn’t working because the politicians we elect only work for the most well-funded special interests. While big corporations and labor unions always get what they want, small businesses and individual Californians find themselves on the losing end of new regulations, higher taxes and declining government services.

Appearing on the Nov. 6th presidential ballot, Prop. 32 offers voters an opportunity to win back elected officials from the special interests that control them with their money and make politicians pay attention to our state's needs again.

Small businesses make up 99.2 percent of all businesses and create two-thirds of all net new jobs. They are the majority of job creators and contributors to our economy and yet are dismissed or ignored by politicians who are more beholden to influence and money of big labor and big corporations.

Prop. 32 addresses the problem of special interests across the board by curbing special interest power and taking money out of politics.

It will ban direct corporate and union contribution to state and local candidates, also ban contributions from government contractors to elected officials who control contracts awarded to them and lastly will ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions and government of wages to be used for politics, instead requiring annual consent of the employee.

If you had enough of this dysfunctional state, a simple "yes" vote is a great start.