September 22, 2004
"The purpose of this initiative is to try to take the power of the Legislature back from powerful special interests and bring their lobbyists out of the smoke filled rooms and into the public spotlight. I want to see the power of the electorate given back to the people of Alaska", continued Eric Croft.
Quoting a news release from Campaign Finance Reform Again!, this initiative, initiative 03DISC, has its roots firmly planted in the 2003 legislative session. During that session when the 'stars were aligned' the republicans in the Alaska State Legislature, at the behest of the Murkowski administration, failed to inflation proof both the Alaska Permanent Fund and our public school system, and went even farther to reverse inflation proofing for Alaska's poorest workers- reversing a tie to inflation for the minimum wage. The only thing solidly inflation proofed was the amount of money special interests could use to buy political influence. This initiative simply returns donation levels to the level approved by the citizens of Alaska in the 1996 campaign finance reform initiative.
Initiative 03DISC would put before the voters of Alaska, on the 2006 primary ballot, the opportunity to vote to:
"Really, this is a victory for the people of Alaska," said David Guttenberg from his home in Fairbanks, "increased scrutiny of political contributions benefits everyone."
The Lt. Governor received the initiative application Sept. 5, 2003; the application was certified on Sept. 19, 2003, and the initiative signature books were distributed Sept. 26, 2003. Signature booklets are officially due Sept. 25, 2004.
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