Molly Munger pulling her ad hitting Jerry Brown proposal
Wealthy attorney Molly Munger is phasing out her ad critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative.
Munger formed a committee earlier this month to point out flaws in Brown's Proposition 30, which would raise $6 billion in taxes on wealthy earners and sales to help the state budget and schools.
She launched a 30-second ad last week that called Brown's campaign misleading and depicted politicians taking money from a schoolhouse.
The statewide ad, backed by nearly $5 million in new donations from Munger, sent chills through education groups and labor unions supporting Brown's initiative. Many leaders called on Munger to drop her ad, including state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who is supporting both measures.
"We made our point, and now we're moving on," said Proposition 38 spokesman Nathan Ballard. "This isn't the No on 30 campaign. It's the Yes on 38 campaign. We listened to our allies, and we will continue to listen to our allies."
Munger's own Proposition 38 would generate $10 billion annually by hiking income taxes on all but low-income earners, most going to K-12 schools and early childhood programs but also assisting the state budget.
The California House races drawing the most paid advertising from outside groups, says the Federal Election Commission, are the east Sacramento County race between Republican Rep. Dan Lungren and Democratic challenger Ami Bera ($6.1 million) and the Modesto-area contest between Republican Rep. Jeff Denham and Democratic opponent Jose Hernandez ($5.2 million).
"These things are not necessarily bad for the unions. It's an opportunity to mobilize the base. It's a chance for them to articulate the value of organized labor."
MICHAEL HEANEY, University of Michigan assistant professor of organizational studies and political science, on the impact of laws, such as Proposition 32, that would prevent teachers' unions from collecting dues via payroll deductions
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Kevin Yamamura
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at email@example.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.