With just weeks left to gather the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot, civil rights attorney Molly Munger has poured another $2.15 million into her proposal to raise income taxes to fund schools.
Munger, president of The Advancement Project, is the sole financier of the "Our Children, Our Future Measure." The proposal would raise taxes on a sliding scale for almost all California earners, routing the revenues directly to school districts and early childhood development programs.
Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's rival tax measure, which would temporarily raise income taxes on high earners and increase the state sales tax by a quarter percent, have tried to persuade Munger to drop her measure to avoid confusion and mixed messaging that could arise with more than one tax hike in front of voters in November.
The Munger camp must collect roughly 504,000 valid voter signatures by to make it on the ballot. They likely need to submit those petitions signatures to elections officials by mid-May to be certified in time for the 2012 election.
The latest contributions were reported Wednesday in a campaign filing on the secretary of state website.
Nathan Ballard, the spokesman for the effort, said the latest investment "shows that we are serious about getting this measure on the ballot."
"The signature gathering is on track," he said. "We are meeting our goals every week."
Editor's note: This post was updated at 11:20 a.m. with a comment from Ballard.
PHOTO CREDIT: Molly Munger talks to reporters about her proposed ballot initiative on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli