From Mock Turtleneck to Mocking Unions: Oracle Founder Dumps $500,000 Into California’s Paycheck Deception Pursuit
In November, Californians will vote on Proposition 32, an anti-union initiative that would prohibit payroll deductions to be used for political contributions. This type of law is commonly referred to as Paycheck Deception by its opponents.
The Proposition would be a major blow to unions, damaging their ability to counter political donations by big business to anti-union candidates. Paycheck Deception exists in other states though none as historically progressive as California.
So, it’s not surprising that big money is beginning to come in from both sides of the debate. Billionaire Thomas Siebel has trumped all individuals, though, by dumping $500,000 into the anti-union war chest. Siebel is the founder of Siebel Systems and has a net worth of $1.8 billion — mostly stemming from the sale of his company, Oracle, in 2005 for $5.9 Billion. The California Professional Firefighters Ballot Issues Committee, on the other hand, has positioned $1 million to beat the issue back.
In 2008, Siebel was a big Sarah Palin supporter, going so far as to call her “the embodiment of pure, unadulterated good.”
(you’re laughing, we’ll wait.)
Now, the billionaire with a penchant for political zealotry is taking up another Far Right cause. This represents a growing trend in the Bay Area, which is becoming somewhat of a hotbed for fundraising in this election cycle.
Politicians are going where the money is and, sadly, the War on Workers appears to be following suit (or should I say, suits…?)