The statement for 208 doesn't provide many specifics on what it will do. That's because it doesn't really do much.
We don't need cosmetic improvements. We need a complete overhaul of the current system where special interests can control what's going on via big money and campaign contributions.
Before you vote, please carefully read Props. 208 and 212, and the nonpartisan summaries in this booklet. Proposition 208 doesn't deliver real, tough reform of politics. Only 212 cracks down hard on special interests and self-interested politicians.
Compare the facts:
208 IS SOFT ON SPECIAL INTERESTS
208 permits politicians to take $500 and $1,000 contributions from PACs and wealthy individuals.
Proposition 212 sets limits five times tougher--$100 and $200.
208 permits politicians to take any and all their money from outside their own district. Proposition212 sets a tough limit--25% maximum.
208 permits corporation and union contributions. Proposition 212 bans them.
A 208 loophole permits political parties to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to a candidate.
208 IS SOFT ON LOBBYISTS
208 permits corporations to take tax deductions for lobbying. 212 bans this tax break.
208 IS SOFT ON CAMPAIGN SPENDING
208's limits are only voluntary.
208 COSTS TAXPAYERS MONEY
According to the official Fiscal Analysis in this Ballot Pamphlet, 208 costs $4 million annually. Proposition 212 saves $2 million.
YES ON 212, NOT 208
208's well-intentioned but weak approach--small reforms, voluntary compliance, too many loopholes--won't work.
Please Vote Yes on 212: Tough, mandatory, no loopholes.
Association of Community Organizations for
Reform Now, Board Member
Californians Against Political Corruption,