POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY EMPLOYEES, UNION MEMBERS, FOREIGN ENTITIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Requires all employers and labor organizations to obtain employee's or member's permission before withholding wages or using union dues or fees for political contributions. Employee's or member's permission is to be obtained annually using a prescribed form. Requires record keeping. Prohibits contributions to state and local candidates by residents, governments or entities of foreign countries. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: Unknown, but probably not major, net state enforcement costs. Annual costs of up to about $2 million and one-time costs of $2 million to $5 million to the state for administration of employee payroll deductions for political activities; costs offset by fees. Unknown, but probably not major, costs to local governments for administration of employee payroll deductions for political activities; probably offset by fees.
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2688033; A: 46.6; N: 3073943; B: 53.4
PETE WILSON, Governor, State of California; ELIZABETH LEE, Member, California Teachers' Association; ROBERT EISENBEISZ, Member, United Electrical Workers-- local 99
LOIS TINSON, President, California Teachers Association; HOWARD OWENS, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California; DAN TERRY, President, California Professional Firefighters
Rebuttal Against Author
MARK BUCHER, President--California Foundation for Campaign Reform; LINDA HUNT, Member--California Nurses Association; ROGER HUGHES, Member--California Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
Political Contributions by Employees, Union Members, Foreign Entities. California Proposition 226 (1998).