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Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney (6 mins)
Kaitlin-Sopoci-Belknap, Campaign Co-Manager for Measure T (19 mins)
John Bonifaz, Attorney and Founder of the National Voting Rights Institute (17 mins)
What People Are Saying
was impressed to learn that the effort to qualify Measure T was an
all-volunteer, all-local undertaking, and that they turned in more
signatures in a shorter amount of time than any other initiative in
Humboldt County history. That should tell you something about how strongly
Humboldt voters feel about this. Last year I co-authored SB
36, which would prevent secret donations to stealth campaigns. This
year I am co-author of AB 583, the California Clean Money and Fair
Elections Act of 2006. Measure T is the same kind of reform I’ve
"The working class could never compete with outside corporate interests
who have bottom-line profits as the driver of their decisions. I am
glad to see a ballot initiative put forth that will bolster worker's
voices in Humboldt County politics."
"The Fair Elections and Local Democracy campaign is in the best interest of all the working people in Humboldt County. We steadfastly endorse this initiative and encourage everyone's support and involvement."
"We think that the folks who live in this county should be the ones deciding who is elected and we think that large corporations from outside our community should not have the ability to dictate what happens in our local elections. I was born and raised here and I want to preserve the way of life I grew up with - the people who live here should determine our future."
"Let's be perfectly candid - large out-of-county corporations are attempting to hijack our local elections. These corporate donations are not made in the interests of our community. Indeed, corporate political donations are at best understood to be investments - and the corporations expect a healthy return on that investment. The return usually comes at the expense of the public interest. Indeed, corporate political contributions have literally become a type of legalized bribery. It is time "We the People" exercise
our legal and moral authority to protect the integrity of our local
"Such a demonstration of civic determination truly reflects the best spirit of Humboldt County. Out-of-county corporate political donations are a real and persistent problem in Humboldt elections and the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights is providing a clear and straightforward solution."
"I think this will go a long way to level the playing field. Large corporations like Walmart have been forcing themselves on communities by way of the initiative process - communities are helpless against their deep pockets and so called 'rights' - this will really help protect our community and will be good for the local businesses that are here."
"It is absolutely a Green value to challenge the ability of outside corporations to influence local elections. Under Key Value No. 5 of the Green Party it states, and I quote: 'Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.' If corporations from outside our county are influencing our elections, we need to take a stand as Greens to preserve local control over our elections."
"The members of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee believe it is critically important to return control of this country to the hands of the people. That is what democracy is all about. This initiative, by eliminating the influence of wealthy corporate entities, is an excellent way to strengthen democracy in our community. We wholeheartedly support this initiative."
"For me, it's just a matter of fairness. Should a corporation have
the ability to spend limitless amounts of money to influence local
"My interest in this initiative really is to ensure that local people
have a voice in their own local government. One of the things I personally
like about living in a small community like this is we are closer to
our government and I want it to stay that way."
"I was proud to co-chair the "Think Twice
"I am proud to stand with organized labor, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, and the numerous peace and social justice groups working to allow local control over our elections."
"This campaign is what democracy is all about - regular people engaging their fellow citizens in the process and making sure that the system works. When this law passes in June, our elections will be more just and our community will be better off. The vast support this campaign has received so far just shows what a solid initiative this is."
"Measure T gives me greater confidence that our public servants can continue to represent the people of Humboldt without intimidation from outside corporations."
"Research has shown that 78% of Humboldt voters believe that corporate participation in elections makes political corruption more likely. The community has identified a problem and we're trying to fix it. We not only have the legal right to protect our elections, we have the moral responsibility to do so."
At the HCCR Press Conference
Bob Borck, Secretary and treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades - Press conference statement
Sheryl Esparza, Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee - Press conference statement
Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney - Press conference statement
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Campaign Manager for Measure T - Press conference statement
For more information, read the press release about the 7000+ signatures submitted by HCCR to the Humboldt County Elections Office.
"The Supreme Court has always recognized that preserving the integrity of the electoral process, preventing actual or perceived corruption, and preserving citizen confidence in government is an interest of the highest importance in ballot measure elections."
"In the case of Measure T, a compelling state interest is shown. When you have a relatively small democratic unit like Humboldt County being swamped by out-of-state corporate campaign contributions that simply cannot be matched by the local ordinary citizens, you have exactly the situation that the Supreme Court was seeking to draw an exception for." - Peter Gabel, Professor of Law, New College of California School of Law, San Francisco
"Citizen activists play a vital role in our society when they challenge the courts to justify judicial doctrines that have lost touch with fundamental democratic values. Measure T does just that. If I lived in Humboldt County I would proudly vote for it."
"The real issue at stake is whether Humboldt voters support community rights or the idea that Wal-Mart and other large corporations should be able to distort the political process. This initiative is critical to ensuring local democratic control of elections."
Humboldt County Leaders Endorse Measure T!
Democratic Party of Humboldt County
Green Party of Humboldt County
Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local #1684
Building and Construction Trades of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
Carpenters Union Local #751
Operating Engineers Union Local #3 AFL-CIO
Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney
Peter LaVallee, Eureka Mayor
Chris Kerrigan, Eureka City Council
Dave Meserve, Arcata City Council
Harmony Groves, Arcata City Council
Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council
Bob Ornelas, Former Arcata Mayor
Connie Stewart, Former Arcata Mayor
Elizabeth Conner, Former Arcata City Council
Julie Fulkerson, Former Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
... and hundreds of other individuals and local businesses! Join us today!
Learn more about Measure T in a Pros and Cons Video, produced by Eileen McGee (51 mins)
Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights