Big Bucks to defeat Prop 23

Katy Grimes: UPDATE: Contributions for Proposition 23 have been updated today, according to MAPlight.org

The YES on Prop 23 campaign has remained at $9,094,509 raised, and the NO on Prop 23 received another big contribution today totaling $29,932,149. Today, after Bill Gates gave $700,000, to the opponents of Prop 23, a contribution of $300,000 was received from the Nature Conservancy.

OCT 21, 2010: Proposition 23 is facing an uphill battle, and it’s not just “big oil” making all of the contributions to the campaign.

The ads opposing Proposition 23 claim that “big oil” is behind the effort to get California’s potentially devastating  global warming legislation – AB 32 – suspended. It’s even called “Stop the dirty energy proposition.”

The NO on Prop 23 campaign claims, “Two Texas oil companies are spending millions on Prop. 23. Prop. 23 will:

  • Result in more air pollution and increase public health risks
  • Jeopardize 500,000 jobs and $10 billion in private investment in California clean energy businesses
  • Increase consumer energy costs by up to $650 per year by keeping us addicted to costly oil.

Today it was reported that Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates has contributed another $700,000 into the NO on Prop 23 campaign.

Author of Proposition 23 Assemblyman Dan Logue reports, “We are out spent 27 million to 10 million. And it’s billionaires like Bill Gates and the Rockefellers putting their money into the opponents’ campaign.”

Campaign financing reports show that money contributed in support of Proposition 23 totals $9,094,509. The opposition to Proposition 23 has $28,605,564 in contributions. (maplight.org) Where is all of that big money coming from?

Passage of Proposition 23 will create about 1.3 million California jobs by 2020, according to a new study released by the Pacific Research Institute (CalWatchdog’s parent organization).  The report found that “500,000 of those jobs will be created by 2012, and 150,000 in 2011. The California Air Resources Board has already begun implementing AB 32, and soon to come will be more carbon taxes for driving, and using energy in homes and offices.”

But what most people don’t realize is that carbon taxes are a penalty decided upon by politicians and unelected political bureaucrats who believe that California residents should not drive so much, or live in large houses… or in a house at all, which is why they push so hard for more high density housing.

Read the study. Look at the supporters for both sides of Proposition 23.

OCT. 21, 2010

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  1. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 21 October, 2010, 11:12

    Its the people who have enough money to ignore the additional costs of CARB’s fraud who are funding Maviglios campaign of lies. These people(Thomas Steyer, Bill Gates, etc.) have a deeply vested interest in CARB funneling Billions of dollars in “free” money to these green companies because they have invested in many of these green startups. If the green companies are propped up by CARB long enough to outlive their competitors who are being strangled by CARB, Steyer & Gates will get a few Billion dollars more.

    Despite the fact that all of CARB’s regulations have been passed using “Scientific Studies” with a margin of error in excess of 100%-300%, CARB is still being empowered with unchecked regulatory power over the most populated state in the country. Normally it only takes one scandal to topple a corrupt entity, however CARB has been plauged with fraud and scandals countless times in just the last 4 years, and NOBODY HAS BEEN FIRED. They just keep marching on and taking no responsibility for their fraud, mistakes, and the damage cause by their unethical behavior.

    It is extremely disturbing that people are still willing to let these crooks hold the most powerful regulatory position in the state despite the fact that they have demonstrated time and time again that this unelected group of radicals does not posess the ethics or rationality needed to fairly regulate the people of California. These people have overdosed on the CARB Kool-aid, and by the time they realize the damage that Mary Nichols has in mind, California will be too far gone.

    I think California needs to start focusing on figuring out if a state is capable of filing bankruptcy, and hiring the lawyers to do so.

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  2. John Seiler
    John Seiler 21 October, 2010, 14:03

    It’s those rich jerks who just want to get rid of the rest of us, so they can enjoy the whole earth as their private nature park.

    When unemployment hits 15%, then a new version of Prop. 23 will pass in 2012.

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  3. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 21 October, 2010, 14:56

    That may be true, but no matter what passes in 2012, Mary Nichols will have a 2 year reign of terror between 2010-2012, and no law can bring back the jobs & businesses that they will kill in that time span. This lady has admitted to fraud within her organization a number of times, yet nobody was fired. Since Arnold & Jerry seem to drool over her, she is pretty much untouchable. If you cant get fired for fraud, corruption, misappropriation of funds, causing severe economic harm, etc, then there really isnt anything she can do to get fired.

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  4. Don
    Don 29 October, 2010, 05:46

    Read this

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