California Governor Jerry Brown, vetoed legislation that would prohibit ballot petition signature gatherers to be paid per-signature. Bill 168 would have criminalized the poor schlubs that stand on street corners in rain and shine gathering signatures to get issues on state and local ballots. Brown said, that going after signature gatherers would raise the cost of petitions and give an edge to wealthier interests. But there is still the spector of wealthy interests trying to scare the bejesus out of citizens who might agree to sign a petition.
Astroturf website Californians Against Identity Theft, claims the signature gathering industry is just a nefarious cover to rob your financial identity, what’s left of it, blind. The burning Satan eyes in the image the site uses is hilarious, reminding us of the famous Devil Sheep hit piece Cary Fiorina wailed on tom Campbell in the 2010 GOP U.S. Senate Primary.
Still, there are them that don’t wish to see certain petitions get any support, so there is a movement afoot both online and in the State Legislature to make it tougher to qualify ballot measures.