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According to state political finance records, Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Computer's Steve Jobs, has come up with $25,000 for the campaign for voter approval of Prop. 29, the June ballot measure that would add a dollar per pack to the state's cigarette tax, boosting total per pack taxes to $1.87.

Said by Forbes magazine to be the richest woman in Silicon Valley, with a net worth of $9 billion, Jobs joins other wealthy high tech denizens, including San Diego Republican Malin Burnham, in backing the tax proposal.

Along with Burnham, founder of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute on Torrey Pines, Peggy and Peter Preuss, a venture capitalist, cancer research philanthropist, and former University of California regent, have contributed a total of $5046.46.

Jobs is listed on the disclosure as chair of Emerson Collective, LLC., which according to the San Jose Mercury News describes its mission as working with 'a range of entrepreneurs to advance domestic and international social reform efforts' and making 'strategic investments' in 'results-driven education reform ventures.'"

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Cancer_Fighter May 22, 2012 @ 8:33 p.m.

Thank you to Laurene Powell Jobs for stepping up to help save lives and stop kids from smoking! For those of you buying into the tobacco company lies being spread in the media, you should know that only 2% of the funds raised from this tax can be used for administration expenses. That amounts to about $15 million per year. As a point of comparison, Phillip Morris' CEO, Louis Camilleri, received a total pay package of $21.6 million in 2011 according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More money to one guy killing people versus $15 million to be devoted to investing in cancer research. Is this really that hard of a decision?


neyriddle May 22, 2012 @ 9:04 p.m.

Mrs. Jobs, Thank you so much for the donation to prop 29. I too know how important it is to find a cure for cancer. Thank you so much for your help in Saving Lives, keeping our youth from smoking and helping find a cure for cancer! I'm a survivor of cancer meaning I've lost over 30 family members to cancer and I have had cancer. I'm the lucky one where I can help volunteer to pass 29 - I can use my voice. Thank you Mrs. Jobs!!!


Windicobb May 23, 2012 @ 9 a.m.

Thank you Mrs. Jobs for declaring your generous support to help fund the cure for cancer. Funding research and youth prevention programs is critical to win the fight against cancer. I am a cancer survivor, I have lost family and friends to this horrible disease...that's why I will vote YES with you on June 5th to pass Prop. 29 ! Thank you for lending your voice to the fight.


mfoor May 23, 2012 @ 10:04 a.m.

I am so very impressed with Laurene Powell Jobs for donating to the Yes on Prop 29. This program will save lives and keep kids from smoking. It is amazing to think that we could find a cure for cancer from the outcome of this. I voted YES on Prop 29 thinking of the future of my children and grand children. Thank you so much for helping us save lives.



KickitUpaNotch May 23, 2012 @ 2:44 p.m.

Laurene Powell Jobs was savy to make a big donation to Yes on Prop 29.

Even if a donor only cared about the financial aspects of the proposition's impact, it would make sense to support it. Although the current Calif. tax (low compared to other state tobacco tax) is a mere 87 cents a pack, Californians pay about $15 a pack in healthcare/lost productivity costs per pack. Since many smokers are low-income, much of this cost is borne by US, the taxpayers! Although Prop 29 is just a USER tax paid ONLY by those buying tobacco, it will bring down the total, long-term cost of Calif. healthcare about $5.1 billion, meaning that it will save all taxpayers money! It really makes no sense that the taxpayer associations are against it!

Now let's talk about human lives saved. Certainly, the cancer (and other disease-related) research funded by this great proposition will have a life-saving effect on all of our families. Laurene Jobs just lost her husband to pancreatic cancer, and the new research could unlock clues that will save lives from ALL cancers, including pancreatic. Some families are more genetically-prone to certain cancers, so the promise of cancer research is desirable for the Jobs family--how about yours?

In the states where the tax on cigarettes has gone up, many smokers have quit, and fewer teens have become addicted to tobacco. It is estimated that this California proposition will save the lives of over 100,000 current adult smokers and 596,000 current kids from pre-mature smoking-related deaths.

Thanks for caring, Mrs. Jobs! Let's all ignore Big Tobacco's lies and Vote YES on Prop 29!


Joaquin_de_la_Mesa May 23, 2012 @ 4:40 p.m.

Hey Mrs. Jobs, how about giving the $25K to actual cancer research instead of to a big fat tax boondoggle?

At one point are we going to create a black market for cigarettes? The Mexican cartels would love that.


tlogan23 May 24, 2012 @ 11:35 a.m.

Thank your Mrs. Jobs for such a heartfelt donation. As both an ex-smoker and a care-giver, I know what it's like to be addicted to tobacco and the pain of losing a love one to cancer. Thank you!


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