Today the State Senate will hold a hearing on the nomination of State Assembly Member Rob Bonta to be Attorney General. We hope Mr. Bonta will say he supports legislation to ban donations from corporations, unions and associations whose shareholders, employees or members receive money under agreements with the state or its subdivisions. In doing so, Mr. Bonta would help divorce California from an ugly marriage to providers of public services. Nowhere has that been more evident than in dealing with police, prison and other safety unions from whom CA AG’s have long accepted donations and about whom have long been hypocritical, loudly saying one thing while quietly doing another.
Californians shouldn’t have to be political donors to be well served. They, not providers, are the state government’s customers. California should ban political donations from corporations, unions and associations that receive money under agreements with the state or its subdivisions.