By Yvonne R. Walker
President, SEIU Local 1000
Remember the secret funders who poured millions into campaigns to stop Proposition 30 and pass Proposition 32 last year? They are no longer secret, and a state watchdog agency has determined their actions were illegal.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced Oct. 24 it was imposing a record-setting $1 million fine on several out-of-state groups that contributed $15 million to the unsuccessful effort to pass Proposition 32, which would have silenced the political voice of workers. The ruling represents a significant victory for clean elections and California's democratic process, but secret money threats loom ahead for 2014. Some out-of-state donors have their eyes on a proposal to gut our pensions.