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La Jolla financier R. B. "Buzz" Woolley is not the only well-heeled San Diego county resident to give big bucks to the measure on November's ballot that would ban withholding of union political dues from employees' paychecks.

As previously reported, the prominent philanthropist, charter school advocate, and founder and chairman of the Voice of San Diego online news website gave $10,000 to the Proposition 32 campaign on July 26.

Now he has been joined by Oceanside's Dan Hughes, CEO of Carlsbad's Coast Environmental, Inc., which according to its website, "is an Indoor Air Quality and a life safety services provider to hospitals and to healthcare facilities."

A self-styled Tea Party Republican, Hughes ran for U.S. Senate in June's open primary against Democratic incumbent Diane Feinstein and a host of others.

Danville autism advocate and Republican Elizabeth Emken came in second to Feinstein in that race, which featured a field of 24 candidates, with Hughes running a distant third.

According to a disclosure filing posted online yesterday by the California Secretary of State's office, Hughes contributed $5,150 to the Yes on 32 campaign on August 22.

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SoquelCreek Sept. 29, 2012 @ 12:06 p.m.

The article is quite funny given the very lop-sided spending for and against Proposition 32.

According to MapLight.com, a site that tracks campaign spending, various public-employee unions have spent over $35 MILLION so far to defeat Proposition 32. http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2012/november/prop-32

According to a March 2010 report by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the top two spenders in California politics were ... http://soquelbythecreek.blogspot.com/2011/02/do-public-employee-unions-have-major.html

  1. California Teachers Association (CTA)
  2. Service Employee International Union (SEIU).

According to MapLight.com, the biggest spenders against Proposition 32 are ...

  1. California Teachers Association (CTA): $16.7 MILLION
  2. Service Employee International Union (SEIU): $7.5 MILLION

Strange how the two biggest spenders and influencers on California's supposedly free elections are also the biggest opponents to limiting money in California's elections. VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 32.


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