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Rebuttal to Argument Against Proposition 208

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''The American Lung Association urges a YES vote on PROPOSITION 208. Prop. 208 is the ONLY measure on the ballot that will stop the flood of tobacco money pouring into the campaign warchests of our elected officials."

--American Lung Association

Prop. 208 provides a comprehensive solution to corrupting special-interest influence in California. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, AARP, Common Cause and UWSA, it was carefully written so that it will be UPHELD by the Courts and give California the nation's best campaign reform law.

Opponents of Prop. 208 prefer meaningless unconstitutional gestures that will never go into effect. Voters are fed up with just ''sending a message." We want REAL SOLUTIONS that actually get the job done, not empty political rhetoric.

Prop. 208 is an even-handed reform package which favors no interest groups. Under Prop. 208, contributions to candidates from corporations, banks and unions, would be strictly limited to the same levels as individual contributors.

Without restrictions, special interests run rampant, contributing as much as $1 million to a single candidate in a single race! Prop. 208 will cut the top ten's special-interest contributions by over 90%.

Proposition 208's sole purpose is to make politicians accountable to the voters, not big campaign contributors.

Please vote YES ON PROPOSITION 208, the ONLY measure that will bring genuine campaign reform and get big money out of politics.

President, League of Women Voters of California

Co-Chair, Political Reform Task Force of the American
Association of Retired Persons--California (AARP)

RUTH HOLTON Executive Director, California Common Cause

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