You’ve likely heard about the Citizen Power Initiative, commonly known as Paycheck Protection, that backers are working to qualify for the November ballot. The measure would prohibit the state government from withholding from public employees’ paychecks any money that is to be used for political purposes. Fundamentally, it would transform what has been since 1978 an involuntary system of workers funding public employee union political warchests — money that then gets funneled back into friendly politicians’ campaigns, to the benefit of the public union masters and detriment of the taxpayers. If the Citizen Power Initiative passes, public employee unions would have to – wait for it – actually ASK for their members’ political contributions, just like every business and pro-taxpayer group in the state. The language of the ballot measure has been written to conform to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of a similar law in Idaho.
Make no mistake — the Citizen Power Initiative will be THE most critical initiative we vote on in 2010. It is quite simply a game changer.
In addition to completely altering the dynamics of California state politics, the folks at the Citizen Power Campaign have developed a very unique way of circulating petitions. Sure, you can sign a standard paper petition form with a pen, but what is this, 2005? Instead, I recommend you visit their website and sign it via your iPhone or iPod Touch. The app they’ve developed turns your iPhone into an electronic signature form, where you physically write your name and address using your finger and then sign it the same way. Once you finish the process, a confirmation email is sent to your email address along with links to follow the Citizen Power Campaign on Twitter and Facebook (and of course one to donate money as well).
The Citizen Power Campaign says that since electronic signatures are legal for financial and other legal transactions, they expect the registrars of voters to validate them just like paper signatures. To check this out for yourself, visit: http://bit.ly/signCPCpetition