An Above-Board Independent Expenditure Campaign for Proposition 30
The following statement can be attributed to Joe Dion, President of the California Retired Teachers Association regarding the FPPC's report of money laundering by Americans for Responsible Leadership:
“This morning, the Fair Political Practices Commission, California's campaign watchdog agency, said that an Arizona group laundered $11 million to sway voters in our state to defeat Prop 30. According to The Sacramento Bee, it is the “largest contribution ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history.” Over the weekend, the Arizona group was required by the California Supreme Court to reveal its sources for the $11 million, and it turns out that the money went through three separate national organizations before it finally landed in the hands of an anti-Prop 30 campaign committee.
“The effects of Prop 30 on today's school children is far too important to have any campaign committee associated with either side of the issue resort to allegedly illegal maneuvers to get a “win” for their client. For years, school budgets have been on the chopping block and students have suffered the consequences of the political games adults have played with their future.
“Today's news is another sad chapter in the book of California politics as it relates to public education.
“Three months ago, the California Retired Teachers Association began its first-ever non-partisan independent expenditure campaign with the sole mission of ensuring that $6 billion remains available to our public schools. We have engaged in this campaign because our members are passionate about public education and the difference it makes in children's lives today and far into the future.
“We have run a completely above-board campaign, spending nearly $1 million across California. We've produced radio, television and print ads, delivered thousands of lawn signs, and launched a comprehensive social media component – all from the perspective of retired teachers who won't see a dime of this money and therefore have no financial vested interest.
“Our interest lies solely in the passion that we have for making sure students have all the educational funding resources available to give kids the best possible shot at a successful future. We're doing this because, as our campaign theme states, ‘teachers never stop caring.'
“With just one day before the outcome of Prop 30 is decided, I'm proud of the efforts CalRTA has made on behalf of the children of the state of California. It's a shame that other campaigns lost sight of the real prize.”
The California Retired Teachers Association is the state's foremost organization completely dedicated to the concerns of retired educators. CalRTA began in 1929 as the country struggled through the Great Depression. Today, CalRTA is the state's leading organization of retired educators representing nearly 50,000 retirees. More information online at www.calrta.org and via Facebook.
Paid for by the California Retired Teachers Association Committee, a committee for Proposition 30, sponsored by the California Retired Teachers Association.