With two weeks remaining before Election Day, the donations to the labor-backed campaign committee to defeat Proposition 32 have reached $61 million.
Unions have made killing the measure their top priority, worried that if it becomes law that its ban on money from payroll deductions for political activities would handcuff their influence by choking off their sole source of funding.
The unions may rarely be right on the merits of policy issues, but their political wisdom is second to none. They know that losing the coercive power that allows them to maintain a political empire on the backs of unwilling workers would begin the erosion of their unchallenged dominance of California politics. And they're all in.
The top three contributors to the anti-32 campaign have given half the money raised so far: the California Teachers Association ($20.1 million), Service Employees International Union ($8.8 million) and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees ($3.8 million).