LOS ANGELES – Adding their voices to the growing list of individuals and organizations calling for an end to pay-to-play politics, the American Association of Retired Persons California (AARP-California) which represents over 3 million seniors in the state, has joined other leading senior groups to endorse Proposition 89, the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act, a November initiative to stop political corruption. AARP announced its endorsement at a press conference in Sacramento Tuesday joined by representatives of the California Alliance of Retired Americans, the Congress of California Seniors, the Gray Panthers, and Older Women's League of California.
The California Alliance for Retired Americans, the Congress of California Seniors, the Gray Panthers of California, and the Senior Action Network have all endorsed the initiative designed to establish a voluntary “Clean Money” system for full public funding of election campaigns modeled upon successful programs already in place in Arizona and Maine and recently adopted by Connecticut. Additionally, Proposition 89 would tighten existing campaign finance limits and disclosure requirements.
Susan Lerner, executive director of the California Clean Money Action Fund, one of the main organizations supporting the initiative added, “Seniors have had enough. Like the rest of Californians, they are tired of all the scandals involving money in politics. We look forward to working with these four strong groups to pass Prop. 89 to ensure we have fair elections and an accountable government.”