A group supporting publically financed elections is holding a local meeting to organize to support the Ballot Proposition.
Click here for their website.
Click on continue reading for their press release on the local event.
I know some of their local supporters including Jay Kapitz. During the 2008 primaries Jay was a great local organizer for Barack Obama. I normally would think something like this doesn't have much of a chance but with the support of someone like Jay they appear to be very serious.
The California legislature has passed and Governor Schwarzenegger has just signed Assembly Bill 583 which places the CALIFORNIA FAIR ELECTIONS ACT on the California June 2010 ballot.
The CALIFORNIA FAIR ELECTIONS ACT is a pilot program for the Secretary of State Elections in 2014 and 2018 and puts California on the path for PUBLICALLY FINANCED ELECTIONS which are already in place and working in various forms in five states.
Local Meeting: Ventura and Santa Barbara County grassroots activists, community leaders and average citizens like you will be meeting to strategize and form a local grassroots campaign to support FAIR ELECTIONS. We will be joined by members of the existing campaign team.
Location: Mira Vista Senior Complex Clubhouse, 2700 E. Ponderosa Drive , Camarillo . Directions at bottom of this email.
Date and Time: Sunday, December 6, at 2PM
Contact / RSVP / Carpool Info: Jay Kapitz, interim coordinator, to RSVP or request more information: firstname.lastname@example.org Day of event issues - call Bob Holtz.
Why you should attend this meeting:
Get politicians out of the fundraising game and back to solving California 's problems. Ensure elected officials are accountable to voters, not donors. Open up the political process so the best candidates, not just the wealthiest candidates can pursue elected office. 63% of the public supports the idea of FAIR ELECTIONS!
Brief summary of the CALIFORNIA FAIR ELECTIONS ACT:
To Qualify: Secretary of State candidates must show broad grassroots support by receiving 7,500 $5 qualifying contributions and signatures from registered California voters. They must also agree to strict spending limits.
Fair Elections Candidates Receive: Enough Fair Elections funds to run competitive primary campaigns ($1,000,000). If they win their primary they receive enough funds to run competitive general election campaigns ($1,300,000). A candidate may also receive "fair fight" funds if they are outspent or if outside groups attack them or support an opponent.
Fundraising Prohibitions: Participating candidates would be prohibited from raising or spending money beyond what they receive from the fund. They are banned from raising any money for their campaign from lobbyists, their clients, or anybody else.
Funding: The California Fair Elections Act is funded primarily by registration fees on lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers, with no taxpayer dollars going to candidates. Currently lobbyists only pay $12.50 per year in California , among the lowest rates in the country.
Website for More Information: www.yesfairelections.org/
PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING OR CONTACT JAY TO GET INVOLVED!!
From the 101 heading North - off at Lewis Road, left at bottom of ramp, right on Arneil Road, right on Ponderosa Drive and after about ½ mile, turn right into Mira Vista Senior Complex (before Temple Ave).
From the 101 heading South - off at Lewis Road, right at bottom of ramp, right at Arneil Road, right on Ponderosa Drive and after about ½ mile, turn right into Mira Vista Senior Complex (before Temple Ave).
All visitors should park near the entrance on the wall side and walk to the clubhouse which is straight ahead from entrance.