Labor Unions and Ultra Wealthy Billionaires want to raise everyone's taxes
- As usual Socialists scream "Think of the children" to an effort to re-distribute the wealth to labor unions, illegals, and businesses and individuals sucking on the government teat.
The top 10 donors to California's November state ballot measures – a smattering of extremely wealthy people, powerful unions and large corporations – have dumped more than $150 million into the fight so far, according to campaign finance tracker MapLight.org.
The mega-donors include politically opposed siblings, a 91-year-old car insurance magnate, a conservative group that keeps its donors secret and a teachers union that has outspent every other special interest in the last decade. MapLight.org tracks the top donors of each ballot initiative on its Voter's Edge website.
The California Teachers Association, for example, gave nearly $8 million to Brown's measure, according to MapLight. The union is one of the heaviest hitters in California politics. From 2001 to 2011, it gave more than $118 million to candidates and initiatives, more than any other interest group, according to a previous California Watch analysis.
The Service Employees International Union unloaded more than $20 million, also to support Prop. 30's tax increase and oppose Prop. 32. The California Federation of Teachers added nearly $3 million to those efforts.
The billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance is funding an initiative of his own gto screw over car drivers with higher rates. George Joseph dropped more than $16 million into Proposition 33, which would let car insurance companies increase your insurance rates if there is a gap in your coverage.
Hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer is bankrolling Proposition 39, which would change the way multi-state companies are taxed to raise money for alternative energy projects and the state general fund. So far, Steyer has given $22 million to the effort.
Vote NO on California's Prop 30 - John and Ken Show
Prop. 30: Taxes (Brown plan)
Increases personal income taxes for 7 years, and sales tax for 4 years.
|1||CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION||$7,739,080|
|2||SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION||$6,484,484|
|3||AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS||$3,858,700|
|4||CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS||$2,000,000|
|5||CALIFORNIA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION||$1,500,000|
|6||DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF CALIFORNIA||$1,046,172|
|7||CALIFORNIA NURSES ASSOCIATION||$1,003,669|
|8||UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS OF AMERICA||$1,000,000|
|9||LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA||$855,056|
|10||UNITED DOMESTIC WORKERS OF AMERICA||$800,000|
$41.3 Million raised
At the top of the list this year is civil rights attorney Molly Munger, who has given nearly $30 million of her own fortune to pass Proposition 38 and raise taxes on almost everyone. Her father is a billionaire business partner of Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway.
Prop. 38:Taxes (Munger plan)
Increases personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale.
|3||ATLAS FAMILY TRUST||$25,000|
|5||DEL SOL GROUP INC||$15,000|
$28.3 Million raised
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