Recently a group calling itself the Small Business Action Committee, which has no apparent link to any actual small businesses, received a donation of $11 million from a shadowy Arizona-based group. This enormous contribution, from donors who refuse to make their identity known, is now being funneled into the highly deceptive No on 30 and Yes on 32 campaigns.

The Supreme Court opened the floodgate on these abuses in its pathetic Citizens United ruling, declaring corporations “persons” with “free speech” rights. The point, of course, is that California voters don’t know who is behind this egregious hijacking of our democracy. Please don’t be fooled by the tricks of the anonymous millionaires. The distortion and confusion they foment, as well as their penchant to remain in hiding, are irrefutable proof they are anything but public-spirited. I urge voters to consult the Legislative Analyst Office’s summary of Propositions 30 and 32 before deciding for themselves how to vote.

Joe Wainio lives in San Diego.

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