Just how Badly does the Chamber want to Wreck California? $3,337,323 Bad

EntityPro 26 $
California Chamber of Commerce $3,337,323  
Chevron Corporation $2,500,000
Small Business Action Committee $1,350,000
American Beverage Association $750,000
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. $625,000
ConocoPhillips $525,000
Philip Morris USA Inc. $500,000
MillerCoors $350,000
Occidental Petroleum $250,000
Wine Institute $225,593
The Chamber of Commerce is pretty cool with a dysfunctional government. They don’t want laws to pass, and lord knows they don’t want to have to pay for a damn thing, even when they are responsible for those costs.  Take Prop 26, it would require that fees that are related to the industries on which they are imposed be passed by a 2/3 majority.  And, as we know, it’s not like any Republicans are going to vote for anything that brings in revenue to the state, no matter how reasonable or tied to the industry.

So these numbers shouldn’t surprise anybody.  Who is fighting these measures, members of industries that push their costs off on to the state.  Chevron? Yeah, they’re staying out of Prop 23, but they are up to their necks in this one. And look at that, the adult beverage industry seems to be very excited about this measure. Why’s that, do you think? Oh, could it be that the costs associated with drunk driving are also pushed off onto the state?

Prop 26 would be a disaster for the state, but wonderful for these companies bottom lines.  We better hope that the voters see through this naked power grab.

UPDATE: I should point out that the Yes on 26 campaign shares an account with No on 25. So, this money is also going to defeat majority vote on budget.

4 thoughts on “Just how Badly does the Chamber want to Wreck California? $3,337,323 Bad”

  1. Can you tell me where you got these figures? I’d like to use them for an upcoming action aimed at the Chamber, but want to have all my sources lined up. Now that I mention it, why aren’t more groups targeting the Chamber here in CA? They are key to the dysfunction in this state and are all too happy to make it more paralyzed in their never-ending quest for maximum profits for corporations and total cost displacement to us. They are making a mockery of the sad remnants of “democracy” that we have and have no qualms about imposing a plutocracy. This is the key issue of our time. All of our other favorite issues will forever be picked off with ease when there is a permanent “fix” in the system.

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