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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 25
Election Campaigns. Contributions and Spending Limits. Public Financing. Disclosures

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

2,429,183 / 34.8% Yes votes ...... 4,556,830 / 65.2% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Provides for public financing of candidate and ballot measure campaign costs, disclosure of top contributors and fund-raising time restrictions; establishes contribution, spending limits; and bans corporate contributions. Fiscal Impact: State costs of more than $55 million annually offset to an unknown extent. Potential local government costs of several million dollars annually.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
State laws governing political campaigns for candidates and ballot measures would be revised to establish mandatory contribution limits, voluntary limits on campaign spending, public funding for campaign broadcast advertising and voter information packets, Internet disclosure of campaign information, and various new campaign disclosure and financial reporting requirements.

A NO vote of this measure means:
State law governing political campaigns, campaign advertising, and financial disclosure requirements would remain unchanged.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 25:
Proposition 25 limits campaign contributions and spending and requires immediate Internet disclosure of contributions of $1,000 or more. Proposition 25 only costs about $1 per year per taxpayer, and will save taxpayers and consumers billions by stopping big corporations and big unions from controlling our government. Vote Yes on 25!

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 25:
A cure worse than the disease. Forces taxpayers to finance initiative campaign ads. A $55+ million annual tax increase! Written by a millionaire candidate. Unfair loopholes for wealthy candidates and special interests. Opposed by the California Taxpayers Association, California Chamber of Commerce, California Teachers Association and League of Women Voters.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 25:
Voters Rights 2000
2410 K Street Suite C
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 447-7418

Contact AGAINST Proposition 25:
Taxpayers for Fair Elections--
A coalition of taxpayers, seniors, teachers, labor and campaign finance reform experts
111 Anza Blvd., #406
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-0470

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voter Guide

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun San Francisco Chronicle Torrance Daily Breeze Sacramento Bee
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