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Incumbent Democrats open wallets to abolish redistricting commission

California Democratic lawmakers are digging into their wallets for Proposition 27, the Nov. 2 ballot initiative that would abolish the state’s new independent redistricting commission and give that chore back to the Legislature.
Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, and Assemblyman Michael Eng, D-Monterey Park, each gave $100,000, while Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, donated $24,000 and Assemblymen Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles, gave $30,000. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Santa Monica, donated $75,000. Assembly Speaker John Perez donated $49,000
The contributions, all filed Monday, were contained in state financial disclosure records. 
The initiative, opposed by political reform groups, has raised some $4.8 million, including $2 million from Haim Saban, a Los Angeles entrepreneur and developer of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show. Saban’s contribution financed the signature-gathering effort required to place the measure before voters.   
Other major donors include a Washington, D.C.-based, labor-backed group called Working 4 Working Americans, which gave $250,000 on Sept. 1; in July, the group also donated $250,000. More than a dozen House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, donated at least $10,000 each. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, gave $25,000.
Proposition 27 would abolish the redistricting commission that voters approved in 2008 to draw the census-based boundaries of legislative and Board of Equalization Districts.
Proposition 20 on the November ballot would expand the commission’s duties to include California’s 53 congressional districts.

California Democratic lawmakers are digging into their wallets for Proposition 27, the Nov. 2 ballot initiative that would abolish the state’s new independent redistricting commission and give that chore back to the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, and Assemblyman Michael Eng, D-Monterey Park, each gave $100,000, while Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, donated $24,000 and Assemblymen Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles, gave $30,000. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Santa Monica, donated $75,000. Assembly Speaker John Perez donated $49,000
The contributions, all filed Monday, were contained in state financial disclosure records. 

The initiative, opposed by political reform groups, has raised some $4.8 million, including $2 million from Haim Saban, a Los Angeles entrepreneur and developer of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show. Saban’s contribution financed the signature-gathering effort required to place the measure before voters.   

Other major donors include a Washington, D.C.-based, labor-backed group called Working 4 Working Americans, which gave $250,000 on Sept. 1; in July, the group also donated $250,000. More than a dozen House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, donated at least $10,000 each. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, gave $25,000.

Proposition 27 would abolish the redistricting commission that voters approved in 2008 to draw the census-based boundaries of legislative and Board of Equalization Districts.
A rival measure on the ballot, Proposition 20, would expand the commission’s duties to include California’s 53 congressional districts.


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