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Jerry Brown Blasts Shameful Arizona 'Bandits' For Attacking Proposition 30

Xueqiao Ma |
October 30, 2012 | 3:16 p.m. PDT




Jerry Brown at the rally at CSULA. (Xueqiao Ma/Neon Tommy)
Jerry Brown at the rally at CSULA. (Xueqiao Ma/Neon Tommy)
Gov. Jerry Brown brought his Prop. 30 campaign to California State University, Los Angeles on Wednesday, trying to search more votes even as the "wealthy siblings" continue a multimillion-dollar attack on Prop. 30. He said "some bandits" from Arizona were trying to "buy votes with untrue and illegal propaganda," trampling on California democracy.

Brown came out at 12:25 p.m. in between chants of "Yes on 30" from a crowd of around 100 members from CSU community.  State Sen. Kevin de Leon, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo and CSU leaders were also on hand.

As one of the most heated contests in this California election, both Brown's Prop 30 and Molly Munger's Prop 38 aimed to increase income taxes and give out more money to California's struggling schools.

Munger, who has spent more than $33 million on supporting Prop 38.

However, the difference between them is Brown asks wealthier taxpayers to pay 1 to 3 percent more income taxes for next seven years, while Munger increases all income levels and for next 12 years. Brown's measure also raises the sales tax statewide.

"Yes on 30 is much more important than my face," he said, holding a campaign banner in front of his head.

"I came back even though I should be retired, cause I want to fix our state," Brown said. "You will see some propaganda, just understand……it's 20 people, 25 guys, they have a lot of money…they are financing industry, and there are $11 billion from a few bandits from Arizona, I don't know who they are.  They maybe good people, they maybe bad, but whatever they are, they are ashamed of their identity, they don't want people to known who they are, but they're spending money in California telling people what is not true……" 

He continued, "What is true is that this money won't go anywhere else but to make our school better…. to keep tuitions down".

A judge tenatively ruled hours after Brown's speech that the Fair Political Practices Commission may investigate the group through which the anonymous donations are being made. A hearing on the matter is Wednesday afternoon. A final ruling from the judge would let the FPPC investigate the nonprofit group from Arizona and decide whether or not state law requires its donors to be revealed publicly.

Republican Charles Munger Jr., a Stanford physicist and Molly's brother, has given $35 million to defeat Brown's initiative.

After the rally, Sen. De Leon talked more about the Mungers.

"This is democracy, this is what the people are for….to have a multimillionaires… decide California's future is unfair. I know Molly Munger, she is great person… but this is just not the right way to do it… This is not the game, this is real life… her brother…must have a different agenda…completely different from, I think, the majority of California," he said.

Brown will continue his "30 for 30" Statewide Tour for Prop 30 on Saturday in Los Angeles and Culver City. He'll also appear at an event in Downtown L.A. on Wednesday.

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