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AN ABOVE-BOARD INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE CAMPAIGN FOR PROPOSITION 30

Posted: Nov 6, 2012 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments


While an Anti-Prop 30 organization is engaged in the “largest campaign money laundering in CA”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (November 5, 2012)The following statement can be attributed to Joe Dion, President of the California Retired Teachers Association regarding the FPPC’s report of money laundering by Americans for Responsible Leadership:

“This morning, the Fair Political Practices Commission, California’s campaign watchdog agency, said that an Arizona group laundered $11 million to sway voters in our state to defeat Prop 30. According to The Sacramento Bee, it is the “largest contribution ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history.” Over the weekend, the Arizona group was required by the California Supreme Court to reveal its sources for the $11 million, and it turns out that the money went through three separate national organizations before it finally landed in the hands of an anti-Prop 30 campaign committee.

“The effects of Prop 30 on today’s school children is far too important to have any campaign committee associated with either side of the issue resort to allegedly illegal maneuvers to get a “win” for their client. For years, school budgets have been on the chopping block and students have suffered the consequences of the political games adults have played with their future.

“Today’s news is another sad chapter in the book of California politics as it relates to public education.

“Three months ago, the California Retired Teachers Association began its first-ever non-partisan independent expenditure campaign with the sole mission of ensuring that $6 billion remains available to our public schools. We have engaged in this campaign because our members are passionate about public education and the difference it makes in children’s lives today and far into the future.

“We have run a completely above-board campaign, spending nearly $1 million across California. We’ve produced radio, television and print ads, delivered thousands of lawn signs, and launched a comprehensive social media component – all from the perspective of retired teachers who won’t see a dime of this money and therefore have no financial vested interest

“Our interest lies solely in the passion that we have for making sure students have all the educational funding resources available to give kids the best possible shot at a successful future. We’re doing this because, as our campaign theme states, ‘teachers never stop caring.’

“With just one day before the outcome of Prop 30 is decided, I’m proud of the efforts CalRTA has made on behalf of the children of the state of California. It’s a shame that other campaigns lost sight of the real prize.”

For more information, visit www.teachers4ever.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About CalRTA

The California Retired Teachers Association is the state’s foremost organization completely dedicated to the concerns of retired educators. CalRTA began in 1929 as the country struggled through the Great Depression. Today, CalRTA is the state’s leading organization of retired educators representing nearly 50,000 retirees. More information online at www.calrta.org and via Facebook.

Paid for by the California Retired Teachers Association Committee, a committee for Proposition 30, sponsored by the California Retired Teachers Association.

California Retired Teachers Association Continues Positive Advertising Campaign in Support of Prop 30

Posted: Oct 15, 2012 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO – While the recent news stories about Prop 30 have been about the negative turn the advertising has taken, the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) launched its print ads in five major daily papers across the state. The ads are part of the organization’s first-ever independent expenditure campaign in support of Proposition 30, the temporary tax for education, on November’s ballot. The campaign released a radio ad on September 24th and a television ad on October 8th.

“Our print ads complement our broadcast campaign ads by continuing to tell the story of teachers who never give up on the importance of education for their students, even after they’ve retired,” CalRTA President Joe Dion said. “With all the negative campaign ads bombarding voters in the next three weeks, we think our efforts stand out because they are genuine, speak to the issue and are positive messages about the importance of Prop 30.”
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Poll Shows Majority Support for Prop 30 Among 55-Older Voters

Posted: Oct 10, 2012 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Nine in ten active and retired teachers support the measure

SACRAMENTO – The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) today released a benchmark poll showing that 56 percent of likely voters 55 and older support Prop 30 and almost 90 percent of active and retired teachers would vote for the measure. The poll also shed light on the issues most important to this age group and their favored news sources for California government and political issue.

“The good news is that this measure has nearly identical support among Democrats, Republicans and Decline-to-state voters,” CalRTA President Joe Dion said. “Even better news is that CalRTA helps move the needle toward support among this age group as a whole.”
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California Retired Teachers Association Airs First Television Ad in Support of Prop 30

Posted: Oct 8, 2012 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) today launched a television commercial as a component of its first-ever independent expenditure campaign in support of Proposition 30, the temporary tax for education, on November’s ballot. The campaign released a radio adon September 24th.

“Our television spot, called CalRTA Warrior, isn’t what voters might expect from an organization of retired teachers,” CalRTA President Joe Dion said. “It’s edgy, attention-grabbing and humorous, highlighting a flashback of a now-retired teacher who emphasizes the need to pass Prop 30 so our kids can have a bright future. It will definitely cut through the clutter,” he said.

The 30- second spot will air on cable stations in Sacramento, San Francisco and Fresno.

“We’re running this political campaign, the first one in our 83-year history to fight for teacher benefits and public education while honoring the organization’s nonpartisan history,” Dion said.

“CalRTA is first and foremost an advocate for protecting retired teachers’ pensions, but our members are also passionate about the success of children long after they’ve retired. When Prop 30 came along, we saw it as the perfect complement to our support for education funding,” Dion added.

The campaign, Teachers Never Stop Caring, includes radio, television, print and online advertising in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, and Orange County. For more information, visit www.teachers4ever.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About CalRTA

The California Retired Teachers Association is the state’s foremost organization completely dedicated to the concerns of retired educators. CalRTA began in 1929 as the country struggled through the Great Depression. Today, CalRTA is the state’s leading organization of retired educators representing nearly 50,000 retirees. More information online at www.calrta.org and via Facebook.

Paid for by the California Retired Teachers Association Committee, a committee for Proposition 30, sponsored by the California Retired Teachers Association.