The National Federation of Independent Business/California, a group that represents small businesses, has endorsed Proposition 32. The ballot measure would ban union and corporations from contributing money directly to candidates. It would also eliminate payroll deductions, unions' primary way of raising political money.
The federation joins others, including former state Sen. Gloria Romero in endorsing the measure.
"California's political system isn't working because the politicians we elect only work for the most well-funded special interests. While big corporations and labor unions always get what they want, small businesses and individual Californians find themselves on the losing end of new regulations, higher taxes and declining government services," said John Kabateck, Executive Director, NFIB/California, in a press release.
"Proposition 32 offers voters an opportunity to win back elected officials from the special interests that control them with their money and make politicians pay attention to California's needs again. As the Voice of Small Business in California, we're strongly urging Californians to vote Yes on Prop 32 because it cuts the powerful money tie between special interests and politicians and returns power back to the voters," he added.
The group said, in its press release, that Prop. 32 will address the problem of special interests by banning direct corporate and union contributions, banning contributions from government contractors and banning automatic deductions of wages to be used for politics.