According to LA Times blogs:
A potential ballot measure to scrap Californiaâ€™s first-in-the-nation citizens redistricting commission got a huge financial boost Thursday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat allies in Congress poured $140,000 into the campaign.
The funds went to the proposed Fair Accountability in Redistricting Act, written by UCLA law professor Daniel Lowenstein. The measure would abolish the existing citizens commission, which is currently accepting applications and is set to redraw Californiaâ€™s state legislative districts in 2011. Voters created that panel when they approved Proposition 11 in 2008.
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(The group actually call themselves "Financial Accountability in Redistricting", perhaps a Freudian slip by the LA Times writer?)
Why would Pelosi and her pals pour $$$ into a campaign to a repeal a ballot measure they did not actively oppose two years ago?
The answer is likely that a potential third redistricting ballot measure is currently gathering signatures to be placed on the November ballot. That measure would give the existing citizens commission, the power to re-draw lines for US Congressional districts.
Still, the question is, why support a measure to repeal the commission entirely? Because, Democratic political strategists say, the best way to ensure a â€œnoâ€ vote this fall on the congressional measure is to confuse the public further with a second ballot measure on the already head-spinning topic of political line-drawing.
Democrat donor list:
Linda Sanchez: $25,000
Karen Bass: $20,000
Nancy Pelosi: $10,000
Mike Honda: $10,000
Diane Watson: $10,000
Howard Berman: $10,000
Judy Chu $10,000
Sam Farr $10,000
Doris Matsui $10,000
Zoe Lofgren: $10,000
Adam Schiff: $10,000
Anna Eshoo: $10,000
George Miller: $10,000 (through his Solidarity PAC)
Lynn Woolsey: $5,000
According to this letter Web Link written in support of the ballot measure, the first argument in favor of repealing prop 11 is that "a group of unelected commissioners, making up to $1 million a year in cumulative salary, preside over a budget that cannot be cut even when state revenues are shrinking" and that this is wasteful spending.
The only problem is, the SAME proposal creates a $1.25 million per year budget for a two-year process to accomplish the SAME thing!! Now, I am not a math major, but I know $1.25 million is MORE than $1million!
The Prop 11 commission, in fact, is paid $300 a day for each day they work. Since there are 14 of them, they would have to work 238 days a year to spend $1million in a year. That's 5 days a week, Monday - Friday, with two weeks off. If they do not stick to this schedule, they will not spend $1 million a year. When the work is done, they stop working and stop spending money.