Sacramento, CA — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on the settlement announced by the Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FPPC) in the Arizona SuperPAC case:
“California voters sent a sharp rebuke to the cloaked, out-of-state donors who tried to influence our state’s elections when they resoundingly rejected corporate interests’ Prop. 32 that aimed to silence workers’ voices and approved Prop. 30’s investment in our schools by double-digit margins. While today’s landmark settlement affirms that the actions of these out-of-state campaign money launderers violated the law, as well as the voters’ trust, the most important question — the source of the money — remains unanswered.
“We applaud the FPPC for pursuing all available remedies under the law to ensure accountability and transparency in our electoral process. However, with the identity of the secret donors still unknown, it’s clear that our campaign finance laws contain loopholes that allow shadowy front groups to deceive voters by hiding the source of campaign dollars.
“We call on legislators to strengthen campaign finance laws to prevent billionaires and corporate titans like the Koch brothers from using shadowy front groups to buy California elections.”