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California Incumbents, Officials and Candidates Not Allowed to Favor Large Donors (2012)

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A California Incumbents, Officials and Candidates Not Allowed to Favor Large Donors Initiative (11-0030) was approved for circulation in California with a circulation deadline of March 8, 2012. However, its sponsors did not submit petition signatures to election officials by the deadline.

To earn a spot on the state's 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative would have had to collect 504,760 signatures.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and the state's voters had approved it, it would have:

  • Prohibited candidates for office, government officials, judges, arbitrators, and government advisors from "voting on, deciding, or influencing any matter of government business that would disproportionately benefit themselves or any individual or entity that has given them an excessive contribution."
  • Defined an excessive contribution as any amount exceeding a 40-hour week's pay at federal minimum wage.
  • Created new state agencies to "monitor compliance and impose penalties, including vote nullification, forfeiture of contributions, salary, and retirement and other benefits, and ineligibility for public office, and to distribute seized assets among registered voters."

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Gifts to State and Local Government Officials. Disqualification. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Prohibits candidates for office, government officials, judges, arbitrators, and government advisors from voting on, deciding, or influencing any matter of government business that would disproportionately benefit themselves or any individual or entity that has given them an excessive contribution. Defines excessive contribution as any amount exceeding a 40-hour week's pay at federal minimum wage. Creates new state agencies to monitor compliance and impose penalties, including vote nullification, forfeiture of contributions, salary, and retirement and other benefits, and ineligibility for public office, and to distribute seized assets among registered voters."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

See also: Fiscal impact statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Increased state or local government costs to administer two new oversight agencies, potentially totaling $700 million annually. Potential additional fiscal effects depending on how the provisions of the measure are interpreted by the courts and implemented."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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