Don’t Sign: Stop the Poll Tax

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Santa Monica, CA — The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) warned California voters today that by signing Schwarzenegger-backed ballot initiatives, taxpayers could be faced with a “poll tax” for a special election this November with an estimated cost of $70 million. The governor announced today a signature gathering drive for ballot initiatives to privatize state public pensions, put retired judges in charge of legislative redistricting and change the way a teacher’s pay is calculated.

“California voters have a right to know, your signature amounts to a poll tax of $70 million,” said Jerry Flanagan of FTCR. “This special election is little more that a ploy to get around state campaign finance laws that bar Schwarzenegger from appearing in big money television commercials promoting ballot initiatives during election years in which he is a candidate for office.”

For more information on the campaign finance laws, read FTCR’s recent letter to Governor Schwarzenegger.

“Air Arnold,” two banner planes pulling messages for the governor flew over the Oscars ceremony, criticizing Schwarzenegger as a “bad actor” for breaking his promise to remove big money from politics and raising $80,000 a day in his first year in office. Schwarzenegger has raised twice as much as his predecessor Gray Davis, whom Schwarzenegger replaced for being a cash register politician. One of the banner messages over the Oscars read, “Arnold: Bad Actors Make Worse Governors – /”

Another lighted banner message, flew over the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party, read “Governor: Please Stop the Fundraising – the People.” Governor Schwarzenegger recently told the Los Angeles Times about his excessive fundraising: “The people don’t see it as a negative. Maybe the press does, but the people don’t. I have never seen anyone come up to me and say, Governor, please stop the fundraising.”

Despite promises that Schwarzenegger made to voters to clean up cash-register politics, the governor has raised $40 million since taking office and has announced plans to raise another $50 million from big industry for his re-election campaign.

Air Arnold is organized by the California Nurses Association and the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights which runs

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The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) is the state’s leading nonprofit and nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization. For more information visit us on the web at

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