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BURLINGAME – This statement was released by CTA President Dean E. Vogel today praising fines totaling $1 million issued by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission against two Arizona non-profits that violated state campaign laws with $15 million in secret donations in the fall of 2012. The donations were aimed at defeating Proposition 30, which passed, and at passing the doomed Prop. 32, which would have silenced the political voices of unions:
“What goes around comes around. California’s educators – and all informed voters who support transparency in political campaign donations – are feeling vindicated by the new fines against two nonprofit Arizona groups that tried to derail last year’s ballot proposition results with millions in secret, out-of-state cash. These guys with ties to the Koch brothers and other conservative billionaires were trying to silence our voices as educators and working Californians and it’s good to see that they’ll have to pay for their foul play – and for being part of what the state’s FPPC watchdog agency called the ‘Koch Brothers’ dark money network of political nonprofit corporations.’
“With their millions during the 2012 election cycle, these groups wanted to defeat the invaluable Proposition 30, which stopped billions in immediate cuts to our classrooms, is helping to restore some cuts, and is putting the state back on the road to fiscal recovery. These forces also helped bankroll Prop. 32, which would have silenced the political voices of teachers, nurses and firefighters while giving billionaire businessmen even more political power. These fines send the clear message that democracy in California is alive and well, and that the state will continue to shine the light on this kind of secretive dark money.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.