Past Political Involvement
In 1998, Reiner chaired the campaign to pass Proposition 10, the "First 5" Early Childhood Cigarette Tax, which created First 5 California, a program of early childhood development services funded by a tax on tobacco products. He served as chairman of First 5 California from 1999 to 2006. Reiner was criticized for campaigning in support of California Proposition 82 (2006), a measure designed to fund state-run preschools, while still chairing the First Five Commission. The ensuing controversy caused Reiner to resign from his position at the First Five Commission on March 29, 2006. An audit was conducted and it concluded the commission did not violate state law, and that the state commission had clear legal authority to conduct its public advertising campaigns related to preschool. Proposition 82 failed with 39.1% support.
Mr. Reiner is a member of the Social Responsibility Task Force, an organization advocating moderation where social issues (like violence and tobacco use) and the entertainment industry meet. Reiner is also active in environmental issues, and successfully led the effort to establish California's Ahmanson Ranch as a state park and wildlife refuge rather than a commercial real estate development.
Reiner campaigned in Iowa for Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean just before the 2004 Iowa caucus, and campaigned extensively for Al Gore in 2000. He was mentioned as a possible candidate to run against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, but decided not to run for personal reasons. Mr. Reiner supported California Proposition 82 (2006). Reiner endorsed Hillary Clinton for president for the 2008 election cycle.
He has been a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post since May 2005.