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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Attorney General of California
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  • Repairing the ladder of opportunity and tackling income inequality -- the greatest economic challenge we face
  • Fighting for improved educational opportunities, affordable college and 21st century job training
  • Advancing equality, justice and civil rights for all people
Profession:California Attorney General
Attorney General, State of California — Elected position (2011current)
District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office — Elected position (20042010)
Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (20002003)
Managing Attorney, Career Criminal Unit, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (19982000)
Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (19901998)
U.C. Hastings College of Law J.D. (1989)
Howard University B.A., Political Science & Economics (1986)

Kamala D. Harris is the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, a career prosecutor and a Democratic candidate for California’s open United States Senate seat. Kamala was raised by a family steeped in the civil rights movement and has fought her entire career for justice for everyone – especially for those whose voices aren’t often heard by those in power. From her first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to her work as San Francisco District Attorney, to her current service as Attorney General, Kamala has had one client – the people of California – and has time and again made a difference for California families.

She has been a national leader in reforming the criminal justice system. Her book, ‘Smart on Crime,” challenged the false choice that we must either be “soft” or “tough” on crime and set forth a new vision for public safety that focuses on combating recidivism and addressing the root causes of crime, rather than just treating its symptoms. As Attorney General, she expanded her efforts statewide, creating the Division of Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry at the California Department of Justice and building data-based initiatives that focus on early-intervention in children and young offenders. And she’s fought to ensure law enforcement has the top technological tools to more effectively and efficiently fight crime.

Kamala has spent her entire career fighting for the voiceless in our society and against those who prey on them – taking on criminal organizations and transnational gangs and fighting against fraud and abuse in all its forms. As Attorney General, Kamala fought the biggest banks in the world and won $20 billion for California homeowners harmed by the foreclosure crisis. She successfully defended California’s environmental protections in court and prosecuted those who prey on immigrant families. She has a lifetime commitment to protecting children, from early in her career when she prosecuted child abusers, to her work as District Attorney fighting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, to her groundbreaking move as Attorney General to create the Bureau of Children’s Justice in the California Department of Justice to protect our state’s children.

Kamala has also been a national civil rights leader, playing a critical role in the national movement for marriage equality and leading opposition to cynical efforts to discriminate against Californians based on age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Labor Federation
  • La Opinion Newspaper
  • Emily's List
  • Democracy For America
  • Civil Rights Activist Delores Huerta
  • California Controller Betty Yee
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1.
Federal Carbon Tax

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?

Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

The science is settled -- global warming and climate change is an existential threat to our existence. While Congress has failed to act, California has been a leader in the fight against climate change. As Attorney General, I've defended our landmark climate change law from challenges by the biggest polluters, like Big Oil. I have fought to improve air quality across our state and prosecuted polluters who disregard our environmental protections. In Washington, I'll bring California’s environmental leadership to the national stage.  For too long, Congress has refused to pass any legislation to fight climate change and global warming. Instead, Republican majorities in both chambers are working to undo the rules that keep our air clean and protect our future. I will stand up to the climate change deniers and fight to pass national climate change legislation that promotes innovation like establishing a carbon tax or creating a cap-and-trade market for carbon pollution.

2.
Gun Control

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 

Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

Advancing legislation to prevent gun violence will be one of my top priorities in the Senate. As California’s Attorney General, I was proud to sponsor legislation to ban the “bullet button” and close loopholes in California assault weapons ban. As a prosecutor, I have seen assault weapons kill police officers and babies. There is no place for military-style weapons in our streets. But Congress has failed to renew the assault weapons ban that Senator Feinstein has fought hard for, and I would join the fight in the Senate to restore those crucial protections. I’ll also work hard to pass comprehensive background legislation that closes loopholes in our national background check system. Congress needs to stand up to the special interests who have stalled on progress on gun safety issues in Washington, and that's what I will do in the Senate.

3.
Trans Pacific Partnership

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.

Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

No. I support finding ways to increase trade opportunities, but any trade agreement must protect workers and safeguard the world-class environmental protections we have worked so hard to create in California. I am proud of my office’s work protecting and defending California's landmark climate change legislation and those environmental protections should not be jeopardized.   I am not satisfied TPP protects those priorities and would not support it.

4.
Marijuana

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?

Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

First, I am proud to have been a long-time advocate for medical marijuana and know many people who have been helped by California’s medical marijuana program. People who are fighting serious illness like cancer should have all the treatment tools available to them.  I am generally supportive of legalization broadly but, before we do, I think we need to put safeguards that protect our kids, help law enforcement detect impairment and make sure we protect public safety.

5.
Drought

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

Answer from Kamala D. Harris:
California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in our state’s history. Every Californian needs to continue conserving – the cheapest, most effective way to increase our water resources – but we also need to update our aging water infrastructure, increase our stormwater capture and storage capacity, and make smart investments in water recycling, purification, and desalination. That’s why I support a comprehensive, long-term, comprehensive approach to creating a more sustainable water future for California’s children.
  • Conserving Water For Immediate Savings: All Californians must conserve water – our most precious resource. Reducing water usage is the fastest, cheapest way for all Californians – families, businesses, and communities – to increase water capacity and stretch our water supplies further.
  • Improving Water Infrastructure & Increasing Water Storage Capacity: Our water delivery infrastructure was designed decades ago when California had only a fraction of our current population. Not only is this infrastructure crumbling, but it also isn’t meeting the needs of a modern California. Instead of holding onto precious rain water after a storm, many of our coastal water systems simply flush it out to the ocean. I would support efforts to increase rainwater storage capacity and supports the urgent need to restore and modernize the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
  • Investing In Water Recycling & Desalination Technologies: This water crisis and drought are opportunities for California to make smart investments in and utilize new technologies that help increase our water supply. Already, communities across the state are using water-recycling technology to expand water resources. And Israel is already showing how successful desalination plants can be at supplementing water supplies. In the Senate, I would lead an effort to build out and improve these and other technologies.
6.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 

Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

I will fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington that includes a fair pathway to citizenship, and I will take on those who stand in the way. Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. 

Total money raised: $14,748,067

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Warner Bros. Entertainment
$93,400
2
Venable LLP
$82,525
3
Creative Artists Agency
$72,433
4
Twentieth Century Fox
$66,600
5
Google
$65,225

By State:

California 71.57%
New York 7.53%
District of Columbia 5.75%
Massachusetts 2.15%
Other 13.01%
71.57%13.01%

By Size:

Large contributions (90.47%)
Small contributions (9.53%)
90.47%9.53%

By Type:

From organizations (6.82%)
From individuals (93.18%)
93.18%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

In all of her work, Kamala’s approach is grounded in her many years of experience as a career prosecutor fighting for everyday people. In Washington, she’ll put the interests of California families first and stand up to the powerful special interests and big corporations. As one of California’s United States Senators, Kamala will work to:   

Ø  Repair the ladder of opportunity that’s broken for so many Americans by fighting income inequality, creating good-paying jobs and enacting family leave and equal pay policies that help working families

Ø  Fight to ensure our children have a fair shot in school and in life by passing universal pre-kindergarten legislation, making sure funding actually gets into classrooms and saving young adults from crushing student loan debt

Ø  Protect our water resources through conservation and an all-of-the-above approach that upgrades our water infrastructure and invests in the best new recycling and desalination technologies

Ø  Pass comprehensive immigration reform that brings the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in our country out of the shadows and provides a fair pathway to citizenship

Ø  Take California’s leadership fighting climate change to the national level and finally pass meaningful federal environmental legislation that cuts fossil fuel emissions and keeps our families healthy

The only way we can fix the dysfunction in Washington is to change the type of leaders we send there. We need more leaders like Kamala Harris who will win results for California families and put the interests of everyday people first.

Standing Up For Immigrant Communities

Summary

Kamala Harris knows that California and the nation are stronger today because of the generations of Americans who came to this country in search of a better life. She’s the daughter of immigrants and knows that embracing our diversity makes the fabric of our society stronger, our economy more innovative, and our community more inclusive.

Kamala Harris knows that California and the nation are stronger today because of the generations of Americans who came to this country in search of a better life. She’s the daughter of immigrants and knows that embracing our diversity makes the fabric of our society stronger, our economy more innovative, and our community more inclusive.

Kamala believes that everyone should have access to public education, public health, and public safety regardless of their immigration status. As San Francisco District Attorney and now California’s Attorney General, she has fought for justice on behalf of immigrants who are targeted by criminals based on their immigration status. As Attorney General, she warned immigrants seeking drivers’ licenses against scammers, and she demanded thousands of hours of pro bono legal aid worth millions of dollars from the state’s largest and most powerful law firms for immigrant children and families caught in legal limbo.

In the U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that creates a fair pathway to citizenship. She’ll work on behalf of DREAMers who know no other home than America, and she compassionately and responsibly welcomes those fleeing violence.

  • Finally Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship. This failure has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. Comprehensive immigration reform will increase productivity and wages. With comprehensive reform, all workers will benefit from protections in the workplace, and reform will spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and encourage job growth. Kamala will fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington, and she will take on those who stand in the way.
  • Protect President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions: The only way to truly fix our immigration system is to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but the President’s recent executive actions offer some relief to millions of families living in our country. Kamala has fought to protect these actions as Attorney General, and in Washington, she will block attempts in Congress to dismantle them without action on comprehensive reform.
  • DREAMing Of A Better Tomorrow: Over the last several decades, millions of undocumented children were brought to America by their parents and don’t know any country other than the United States as home. These young people want to fully participate in the American dream. Thanks to the President’s actions, many of them now have a temporary reprieve from the fear of deportation, but a more permanent solution is needed. Here in California, Kamala supported the California DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students to access financial aid at public universities and community colleges. In the Senate, Kamala will support a federal DREAM Act, which would create a fair pathway to citizenship for DREAMers who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces or graduated from high school and pursue higher education.
  • Build Trust Between Immigrant Communities & Law Enforcement: Some criminals prey on immigrants, relying on them not to report crimes to law enforcement officers because of their immigration status – a prospect made all the more real by the failure to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. When criminals can get away with victimizing entire segments of the population, it makes all of us unsafe and weakens our society. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, Kamala has fought to bring these criminals to justice and to ensure that immigrants feel safe in their communities so they can report crimes. As Attorney General, she challenged federal policy that attempted to turn local law enforcement into de facto Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and supported law enforcement to build relationships of trust with the communities they serve in order to improve public safety. In the Senate, Kamala will encourage law enforcement agencies both to strengthen protections for immigrants who report crimes without fear of deportation and to seek justice against criminals who target immigrants.
  • Fighting Scams & Fraud That Target Immigrant Families: As Attorney General, Kamala has prosecuted scam artists and criminals who target immigrant families. She’s provided guidance to and warned consumers against unauthorized immigration consultants. In the Senate, she’ll continue fighting to protect immigrant communities and make sure immigrants, regardless of status, know they have access to our justice system.
  • A Place Of Hope & Opportunity For Those Fleeing Oppression: Kamala believes that we have a moral obligation to responsibly resettle refugees who flee violence and oppression in their own countries. That’s why, as Attorney General, she brought together California’s top law firms and secured millions of dollars and thousands of hours worth of pro bono legal aid to help the unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America in search of peace and stability in the United States. And now we should not turn our backs on those who are most harmed by ISIS. Kamala believes that we should responsibly resettle refugees who flee violence and oppression in their own country. We don’t have to sacrifice our compassion for our national security, and we shouldn’t let the violent images from Paris blind us to the images of the child who washed ashore on a Mediterranean beach. Refugees should rightly submit to the most rigorous background checks and screenings possible, and we should prioritize the most vulnerable refugees for admission – survivors of torture and violence, those with severe medical conditions, and women and children.
  • Stop Wage Theft & Protect Immigrant Workers: Kamala believes strongly in the protection of workers’ rights for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. All individuals are eligible for minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and other workplace protections. As Attorney General, Kamala established and expanded the Underground Economy Unit within her Civil Rights Enforcement Section in order to increase enforcement of state worker protection laws. She filed suit and obtained more than $1 million from eight Northern and Southern California car washes that underpaid workers, denied rest and meal breaks, and created false records of time worked. She also has aggressively pursued litigation against a Southern California trucking company for misclassifying its employees as independent contractors so the company could avoid paying a minimum wage, workers compensation, and business expense reimbursements. Kamala’s prosecution of the case resulted in a landmark 2014 California Supreme Court decision that allows the state to hold accountable trucking companies for violations of state worker protection laws. As Senator, she will work hard to ensure that important workplace protections are strengthened and enforced, keeping our economy strong and the playing field level for all businesses.

Civil Rights, Justice & Equality For All People

Summary

Kamala Harris was raised by a family steeped in the Civil Rights Movement and has fought her entire career for justice for everyone – especially for those whose voices aren’t often heard by the people in power. From her first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to her work as San Francisco District Attorney, to her current service as Attorney General, Kamala has had one client – the People of California – and has time and again made a difference for California families.

Kamala Harris was raised by a family steeped in the Civil Rights Movement and has fought her entire career for justice for everyone – especially for those whose voices aren’t often heard by the people in power. From her first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to her work as San Francisco District Attorney, to her current service as Attorney General, Kamala has had one client – the People of California – and has time and again made a difference for California families.

Kamala has spent her entire career fighting for the voiceless and vulnerable in our society and against those who prey on them, and she’ll continue those fights in the Senate. She will stand up for a woman’s right to choose and equal pay for equal work, lead the charge against LGBT discrimination, work to pass comprehensive immigration reform, expand access to voting, and focus on fixing a broken criminal justice system.

From income inequality to education to criminal justice and beyond, far too often the color of our skin still determines our life chances. All of our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers, deserve to be safe and sound – safe in their homes and safe if they’re walking down the street to buy a bag of Skittles. And we should guarantee a sound foundation of equal education and economic opportunity upon which young people will build their futures.

STANDING UP FOR WOMEN
  • Protect A Woman’s Right To Choose: Kamala Harris has been a champion for a woman’s right to choose and access to comprehensive reproductive health care throughout her entire career. When the U.S. Supreme Court took up important cases on women’s health, Kamala fought to require for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act and to protect patients’ rights to access reproductive health clinics. Most recently, she sponsored legislation to ensure that crisis pregnancy centers provide women in California accurate information about the full range of reproductive services available to them elsewhere, including abortion. In the Senate, Kamala will lead the charge for women’s reproductive rights, defend Roe v. Wade, and fight against any attempt to defund reproductive health providers.
  • Equal Pay For Equal Work: Every person regardless of gender deserves equal access to the American Dream. However, women still earn, on average, less than men for the same jobs. Nationally, women earn about 21 percent less than men, and the disparities are even more alarming for black women and Latinas. The majority of minimum wage workers are women, and reducing and eliminating this gap will help lift up millions of women and their entire families. In California, Kamala supported the Fair Pay Act, which prohibits employers from setting wages at rates lower than those of the opposite sex for similar work. In the Senate, she’ll make it a priority to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and will be a leading voice for fairness in the workplace. Get more details on Kamala’s plans for creating economic opportunity for all.
  • Stop Campus Sexual Assaults: Every student has the right to pursue an education in a safe environment. College campuses should be safe spaces, but unfortunately, about 1 in 5 women – as well as many men – report being the victims of sexual assault while in college. As Attorney General, Kamala brought together colleges and local law enforcement to create protocols for investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults, and has helped schools and law enforcement implement changes to California law to better protect survivors of sexual assault. She championed new technology to allow California to process rape kits faster and clear a longstanding backlog of rape kits in state crime labs. Throughout her career, she’s worked to ensure that survivors have the support they need and that their attackers face swift accountability and consequence for their crimes. Kamala will continue the fight against campus sexual assault in the Senate and push for improved support services for victims and a renewed focus on sexual assault prevention on college and secondary school campuses.
  • End The Trafficking Of Women & Girls: Kamala has been a national leader in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking networks, which victimize and enslave poor and vulnerable women, girls, and boys. The United States has a moral and public safety obligation to end human trafficking at home and abroad. Kamala led a group of state attorneys general to Mexico to strengthen cooperation between the two countries to fight the money laundering that enables human trafficking, and she signed a bilateral accord with Mexico to improve coordination of law enforcement resources to target human traffickers. And in the U.S. Senate, she’ll continue that work to disrupt and dismantle human trafficking syndicates and be a voice for their victims. Learn more about Kamala’s approach to foreign policy.
  • Combat Cyber Exploitation: Kamala has been a national leader in fighting cyber exploitation – too often mislabeled “revenge porn.” A 21st century form of violence against women that involves posting intimate images online without consent, cyber exploitation often results in significant harm to a victim’s personal and professional life and physical safety. As Attorney General, Kamala brought together major technology companies in a unique public-private partnership which resulted in the transformation of industry-wide standards to combat and prevent cyber exploitation. These transformative new standards empowered victims by giving them better tools to remove the images from the Internet. She also developed tools and training for law enforcement to investigate these crimes and help support victims. Kamala also prosecuted the first cyber exploitation website operator in the nation, resulting in a prison sentence for the defendant. In the Senate, Kamala will continue to be a leader in fighting cyber exploitation. Get more details about how she’ll use a “smart on crime” approach to criminal justice reform.
CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR LGBT EQUALITY
  • End Discrimination Against The LGBT Community Nationwide: America has come a long way in recognizing marriage rights for same-sex couples. But in many places across the country, it’s still legal for businesses and institutions to discriminate against members of the LGBT community. In fact, in 31 states, a person can be fired or evicted simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Kamala was proud to lead the team that helped bring down California’s Proposition 8 at the U.S. Supreme Court and to fight for marriage equality nationwide, and she knows that there is much more work to do to achieve full equality for the LGBT community. In the Senate, Kamala will fight to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in the Civil Rights Act.
  • Ban the “Gay/Trans Panic” Defense Nationally: As San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala was a national leader in fighting the “gay or trans panic” defense, a legal argument that it was OK for a person to commit murder or other violent crimes against an LGBT person because they “panicked” after discovering the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Kamala sponsored the bill making California the first state to outlaw this defense, and in the Senate, she’ll fight to expand this work nationally.
  • Ensure LGBT, Homeless, & Runaway Youth Have Access To Social Services: LGBT youth are far more likely to get kicked out of their homes and subsequently find themselves homeless without access to social services. LGBT youth are also particularly vulnerable to discrimination and bullying, which severely harms their health and well-being. These children often fall through the cracks of our social service system and don’t know that resources are available to help them. Even worse, some non-profit service providers block these children from accessing services underwritten by the federal government. Kamala will fight to stop this kind of discrimination and increase support for LGBT youth.
FIGHTING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS & JUSTICE
  • Eliminate Obstacles To Voting: Voting is fundamental to our democratic society, but participation too often has been abysmal. Kamala believes that we must make it easier for everyone to vote, stop voter suppression, and zealously protect access to the ballot box for all Americans. She’ll work to strengthen protections against discriminatory laws, modernize voter registration systems, and expand early voting so everyone has ample opportunity to vote.
  • Strengthen The Voting Rights Act: In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key section of the Voting Rights Act. In the Senate, Kamala will work to update and reinvigorate the vital protections of the Voting Rights Act and ensure that our fundamental rights are protected throughout the entire country.
  • Reform The Broken Criminal Justice System: Kamala Harris has been a national leader in reforming the criminal justice system, challenging the false choice that we must either be “soft” or “tough” on crime, and instead focusing on how we can be smart on crime.
  • Make Public Education More Equitable: Providing our children with a world-class education is the first rung of the ladder of opportunity and the first step to success in life. Unfortunately, too many schools lack the resources needed to meet the needs of each student, and too many children are left behind as a result. Success in school shouldn’t be decided by where students live, the color of their skin, their immigration status, or their parents’ income. Kamala is focused on eliminating disparities in our public education system, which will lead to greater community stability, economic growth and opportunity, and will put all of our children on a solid path to succeed.
DEFENDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
  • Finally Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship. That failure has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. Comprehensive immigration reform will increase productivity and wages will rise, putting an additional $250 in the pockets of the median American household. With comprehensive reform, all workers will benefit from protections in the workplace, and reform will spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and encourage job growth. Kamala will fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington, and she’ll take on those who stand in the way.
  • Stand Up For Immigrants Regardless Of Status: As Attorney General, Kamala has made fighting for immigrant communities across our state one of her top priorities. She has taken on scammers who prey on immigrants and has worked to strengthen trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. California has led the nation in expanding rights and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their immigration status, in health access, student loans, and more. She will continue to fight for the rights of California immigrants and their families, including workplace protections.

Repairing the Ladder of Opportunity

Summary

For far too many California families, the ladder of opportunity is broken. Incomes aren’t keeping up with increases in the cost of living, and the gap between the wealthy and the middle class is larger than at any time since the Great Depression. Kamala believes income inequality is the defining economic challenge of our time. 

For far too many California families, the ladder of opportunity is broken. Incomes aren’t keeping up with increases in the cost of living, and the gap between the wealthy and the middle class is larger than at any time since the Great Depression.

Kamala believes income inequality is the defining economic challenge of our time. The minimum wage must be a living wage, and families should have tools they need to compete in the workforce – from affordable childcare and early childhood education to paid family leave and truly equal pay. Kamala will fight special interests that try to game the system or take advantage of working families, just as she’s taken on the big banks engaged in predatory lending practices, for-profit diploma mills, and big polluters as Attorney General. While some in Washington have voted to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, Kamala will oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and believes we need to strengthen these safety nets.

But addressing income inequality is just one part of the solution. We also need to cultivate economic growth that creates real opportunity for California families and businesses. To that end, we must invest more in education – from early childhood through college and technical school – to ensure we spur entrepreneurship, fuel small businesses, and develop a workforce that meets the demands of employers in the 21st century.

California is the world’s eighth largest economy – a place that fosters so much innovation and growth. Washington needs to finally approve critical investments to our transportation infrastructure and support policies – like clean energy investments and passing comprehensive immigration reform – that allow entrepreneurs, creators, and small businesses to innovate, expand, and thrive.

REPAIRING THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR FAMILIES
  • Paid Family & Sick Leave: America is the only industrialized country that doesn’t have a national paid family leave policy. That lack of flexibility leaves families to choose between taking care of themselves or a loved one, or putting food on the table. Kamala will fight for national paid family and sick leave that provides a safety net for working families.
  • Raising The Minimum Wage: The federal minimum wage is far too low and makes it impossible to support a family. Kamala believes we need to make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation so Washington can’t keep playing politics with our economic security.
  • Ending The Student Debt Crisis: The average student takes on tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That’s not right. Kamala believes we must create pathways for college students to graduate on time and without a mountain of debt. She supports the President’s plan for making community colleges free, and she supports lowering the cost of college and allowing current borrowers to refinance at lower rates. Get more details about how Kamala will work to make higher education affordable for everyone.
  • Strengthening Social Security & Medicare: Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of our social contract. Together, these safety net programs keep millions of seniors and people living with disabilities out of poverty. While some in Washington have voted to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, Kamala would oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and believes we need to strengthen these safety nets.
  • Expand Pro-Work Tax Credits: Together the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) help keep millions of families from falling into poverty and enable many parents to afford childcare, which allows them to work and provide for their families. Kamala supports expanding these credits and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps pay for college.
  • Pass Paycheck Fairness: Every person, regardless of gender, deserves equal access to the American dream. However, women still earn, on average, less than men for the same jobs. Nationally, women earn about 21 percent less than men, and the disparities are even more alarming for black women and Latinas. The majority of minimum wage workers are women, and reducing and eliminating this gap will help lift up millions of women and their entire families. In California, Kamala supported the Fair Pay Act, which prohibits employers from setting wages at rates lower than those of the opposite sex for similar work. In the Senate, she’ll make it a priority to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and will be a leading voice for economic equality. Get more details on how she’ll fight for equality.
  • Stop Wage Theft & Protect Immigrant Workers: Kamala believes strongly in the protection of workers’ rights for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. All individuals are eligible for minimum wage, workers compensation, and other workplace protections. As Attorney General, Kamala established and expanded the Underground Economy Unit within her Civil Rights Enforcement Section in order to increase enforcement of state worker protection laws. She filed suit and obtained more than $1 million from eight Northern and Southern California car washes that underpaid workers, denied rest and meal breaks, and created false records of time worked. She also has aggressively pursued litigation against a Southern California trucking company for misclassifying its employees as independent contractors so the company could avoid paying a minimum wage, workers compensation, and business expense reimbursements. Kamala’s prosecution of the case resulted in a landmark 2014 California Supreme Court decision that allows the state to hold accountable trucking companies for violations of state worker protection laws. As Senator, she will work hard to ensure that important workplace protections are strengthened and enforced, keeping our economy strong and the playing field level for all businesses.
  • Provide Our Veterans With What They Earned: With more than two million Veterans, California has more Veterans than any other state, and we owe them the support and care they earned while wearing our nation’s military uniform. Over the years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued by scandal and budget crises, resulting in disgraceful levels of service and irresponsible delays in providing medical care and disability benefits. As Attorney General, Kamala formed a working group to fight scams and other predatory conduct uniquely targeting service members, and secured enhanced protections for active-duty and Veteran homeowners during the foreclosure crisis. In the Senate, Kamala will champion a robust VA for our Veterans. She will fight to ensure that when Veterans leave military service, they have the support they need to readjust to civilian life, including proper physical and mental health care. It’s unconscionable that 22 Veterans take their own lives each day. Kamala will bring together federal, state, and local government leaders plus Veteran Service Organizations and non-profits to ensure that every Veteran knows what benefits they earned and how to access those benefits. Additional outreach should be directed to our rural, minority, women, and LGBT Veterans who often access VA care and benefits at lower rates than others, especially since the issues facing women and LGBT Veterans are changing with their inclusion in combat roles and the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Kamala will bring her prosecutorial drive to the Senate to help clean up the VA’s scandals and make sure no Veteran waits unnecessarily for VA benefits. Kamala will continue her fight against the for-profit colleges that prey on Veterans, sapping their GI benefits and robbing taxpayers. Kamala opposes privatizing Veterans Affairs, and she will join President Obama’s fight to reduce and end Veteran homelessness.
CREATING SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTH 
  • Universal Pre-K & Educating A 21st Century Work Force: The only way we will be able to compete in a global economy is to create a workforce that can meet its challenges. But too many children in our country are denied a quality education through circumstances beyond their control. Kamala believes we need to ensure every child has access to a quality public education – from universal pre-kindergarten to affordable higher education – in order to build the workforce of the future.
  • Community Colleges Can Help Prepare The Workforce Of The Future: Increasingly it seems that a four-year college education is required to get ahead. Community colleges should play a greater role in preparing students for the jobs of the 21st century, so that when students complete their second year, they’re ready for good-paying, sustainable jobs in high technology, clean energy, and other emerging fields. In the Senate, Kamala will bring the educational community together with the private sector and labor organizations and lead the fight to incentivize the development and implementation of curricula that will ensure community college students are prepared for high quality jobs upon graduation.
  • Investing in Infrastructure: In California, we know infrastructure like roads, bridges, tunnels, and ports form the arteries of our economy. But too much of our infrastructure was built in the early 20th century to meet the needs of a much smaller state, and improvements haven’t kept pace with the state’s growth. Upgrading our infrastructure in a strategic way – not just building roads and highways – will create good-paying jobs, improve our economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping us fight climate change. Senator Barbara Boxer has been a national leader on expanding our transportation infrastructure, and in Washington, Kamala will follow her in footsteps. Kamala supports proposals to create an infrastructure bank to repair and expand our transportation, water, and technology infrastructure.
  • Research & Development: In 2014, Congress let the Research and Development Tax Credits expire, a key tool that helps spur innovation in the private sector. But despite bipartisan support, for months Washington failed to extend it. Kamala supports expanding the research and development tax credit and rewarding businesses that invest in science and technology research.
  • Helping Small Businesses, Start-Ups & Job Creators: Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and job creation. Kamala is committed to both making sure small business owners have access to capital and to cutting excessive red tape. As Attorney General, she supported efforts to stop abusive lawsuits against small businesses and business owners, and in Washington she will fight for our California small businesses and job creators.
  • Create Clean Energy Jobs To Sustain Economic Growth: Congress has missed many opportunities to spur creation of clean energy jobs, which will strengthen and sustain our economy, power our businesses, and protect our natural heritage at the same time. Kamala will fight to establish a national cap-and-trade market for carbon pollution that will spur investments in clean energy jobs and technology, giving California companies a leg up in a new greener economy and making them more competitive in the global economy over the long term. Get more details about her plans for protecting the environment and building a clean economy.
  • Combating Climate Change Is Good For Our Economy: Without long-term planning, climate change impacts, like rising sea levels, will create massive economic disruptions since coastal communities are home to 40 percent of America’s population. Kamala believes in fighting climate change by investing in clean energy, improved energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, smart grid upgrades, and public transportation – all investments that will sustainably lower energy costs, create jobs, and help clean our air.
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Boost Our Economy:Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship. That failure has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. Comprehensive immigration reform will increase productivity and wages. With comprehensive reform, all workers will benefit from protections in the workplace, and reform will spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and encourage job growth. Kamala would fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington, and she’ll take on those who stand in the way.
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Source: California Secretary of State

My name is Kamala Harris. I am running for the United States Senate because I believe it is time to repair the ladder of opportunity for more Californians and more Americans. I am proud to be a daughter of California. I was born in Oakland. I went to California public schools. As a lifelong prosecutor, I have always served just one client: The People of California. As District Attorney of San Francisco and California Attorney General, I got things done for the People of California. I took on violent predators, including transnational criminal organizations and human traffickers who profit from exploiting women and children. I also took on the big polluters and the big banks and worked across the aisle to pass the nation’s toughest anti-foreclosure law to protect our homeowners. This is the approach I will bring as your United States Senator. I will fight for the jobs our people need by bringing home federal dollars that will repair our crumbling water and transportation systems. I’ll fight for better schools and to give every child access to pre-kindergarten and affordable childcare. I will fight for our veterans who deserve quality health care and job training when they come home. I’ll defend our environment and coast and lead the fight against climate change. And as a career prosecutor, I will work every day to keep our people safe from terrorism at home and abroad. Please join me. Thank you for your consideration.

— April 19, 2016 Harris Campaign

California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris speaks at the 2016 California Democratic Party Convention. Learn more about Kamala: www.kamalaharris.org.

Democratic
California Congresswoman
1,416,203 votes (18.9%)Winning
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  • Fixing our broken immigration system
  • Making a college education affordable and accessible
  • Shrinking income inequality and protecting workers
Profession:California Congresswoman
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (1997current)
Financial President, Amiga Advisors Incorporated (19931996)
Financial Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton (19901993)
Financial Assistant, Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates (19871990)
American University M.B.A., Finance (1984)
Chapman University B.S., Economics (1982)
1.
Federal Carbon Tax

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?

Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

I believe we must incentivize the production of clean energy. That is why I co- signed a letter of support for the extension of both Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which provide tax credits to various renewable electricity sources. Today the fossil fuel industry – coal, oil, and natural gas – benefits from numerous direct and indirect subsidies. These loopholes allow them to avoid complying with laws to protect our air and water. Congress needs to end these subsidies and close the loopholes.

 

 

2.
Gun Control

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 

Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

The plague of gun violence demands a strong response at all levels of government.

While I affirm the constitutional right to bear arms, I support reasonable regulation of firearms, which is why I stand with President Barack Obama on this issue and have endorsed every measure he has taken to strengthen enforcement of existing gun laws.

I support the proposed ban on high-capacity magazines, child safety locks, waiting periods for gun sales, development of “smart gun” technology, universal background checks for all sales and closing the gun show loophole.

 

Please read more at my April 2016 Sacramento Bee Op-Ed: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article73430062.html

3.
Trans Pacific Partnership

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.

Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

 

I have opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and believe any trade agreement must protect American labor, intellectual property rights and economic interests. We also shouldn't engage in trade deals with countries that have abysmal human rights records and can not be trusted to fix those injustices. American workers should not be forced to compete against the lowest bidder. 
4.
Marijuana

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?

Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

Legalizing marijuana is a decision that should be left up to the voters of each individual state. The federal government should not step in if a state votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, as Washington and Colorado have. Marijuana should be decriminalized and moved from Schedule I to Schedule II. I have always supported access to medical marijuana. I have voted against funding to the DOJ to conduct raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. I have worked to bring this industry out from the blackmarket by supporting efforts to allow banks to hold accounts for medical marijuana businesses. I also supported the move to unionize the first medical marijuana dispensary in California, which occured in my district.

5.
Drought

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

 

My water plan includes conservation, reuse, desalinization and increased pumping from the delta. We must balance our water needs with environmental protection, but I support legislative action to correct some of the biological opinions that have reduced water pumping from the delta. I support immediate desalinization incentives. I support duplicating the water reuse plan that has served my congressional district and OC statewide. 
6.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 

Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

 

Immigration is the moral imperative of our nation and a key issue I want to address in the Senate. Our immigration system is broken, deeply dysfunctional and must be reformed now. I have voted time and time again for the commonsense, bipartisan DREAM Act which would provide millions of young people who grew up in the United States with the opportunity to achieve the American Dream and a chance to contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. I've continued pushing for this commonsense bipartisan legislation's passage and I've held listening session with local activists to ensure their important voices and perspectives are included. The DREAM Act passed in the House but failed in the Senate, which is why I want to provide a strong voice for passing comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate. 

Total money raised: $3,724,532

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Loretta Sanchez
$300,000
2
Aitken Aitken Cohn
$32,400
3
Newport Orthopedic Institute
$25,300
4
Molina Healthcare
$21,700
5
Garcia Hamilton & Associates
$19,150

By State:

California 66.35%
Texas 9.62%
District of Columbia 7.57%
Virginia 3.67%
Other 12.79%
66.35%9.62%12.79%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.65%)
Small contributions (1.35%)
98.65%

By Type:

From organizations (14.09%)
From individuals (85.91%)
14.09%85.91%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
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Source: California Secretary of State

California needs an experienced and proven leader to tackle the full range of economic, educational and security challenges we face today. Our next U.S. Senator must have extensive legislative and national security experience and share the life experiences of working people. I do, and that’s why I am the best candidate for the job. I came from a union household of immigrant parents who struggled to provide for their seven children. I worked my way through college with the help of government and union grants, and the Anaheim Rotary Club paid for my MBA. I know the struggles of working families. My parents worked hard, valued education and are the only parents in American history to send two daughters to Congress. That’s why I have fought passionately in Congress for 20 years for education, tuition assistance, healthcare reform, immigration reform, gender equality, LGBT rights, worker’s rights, and environmental protection. I’ve also demonstrated independent judgment and courage when it mattered most: I voted against the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, and the bank bailouts, when few others did. As a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, I’ve worked to ensure our troops are trained and equipped to win and cared for when they come home. I’m the only candidate with the national security experience necessary to keep America safe. As your Senator, I will fight for all Californians, so together we can have a stronger and more prosperous future. I humbly ask for your vote.

Republican
Small Businessman/Mediator
584,251 votes (7.8%)
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  • Create better paying jobs and reduce the rising costs of housing and food
  • End the High Speed Rail and use those funds to help solve our water crisis
  • End Common Core, return control of our education system to local elected officials, make college more affordable
Profession:small business owner, mediator
Principal, GPS Mediation, APC (2001current)
Co-Founder, CEO and Board Member, CRAFT (20072010)
President, Doty, Sundheim & Gilmore (19862003)
Board Member, California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices — Appointed position (20002003)
Board Member, California Master Plan for Education, Emerging Modes of Delivery, Certification, and Planning Working Group — Appointed position (20002002)
General Counsel, Themed Entertainment Association (19912001)
Delegate, U.S.-Soviet Conference on the Law and Trade — Appointed position (19901990)
Delegate, U.S.-China Joint Session on Trade, Investment and Economic Law — Appointed position (19871987)
Northwestern University J.D., Law with the aid of an Exceptional Student Fellowship (1980)
Stanford University B.A. , economics with Honors and Distinction (1975)
Senior Advisor, Franklin-McKinley School District, Sylvandale Junior High Health Career Academy (20112015)
Co-Founder, Board Member, LINC, focused on education issues in the Latino community (20092015)
Senior Advisor, Yes on B, successful San Jose pension reform initiative (20112012)
Board Member, California Dream Team, largest donor to successful California redistricting initiative (20072010)
Chairman, California Republican Party (20032007)

Who Duf Sundheim Is 

 

Duf Sundheim’s aspiration is to help others achieve theirs.  Although he has never held elected office, working with his mentor, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Duf Sundheim has played a key role in enacting several historic reforms many had thought could never be achieved.  

 

Duf is a federal court approved mediator and spends much of his time working on education reform and providing mediation services in underserved communities.  

 

He and his wife of 32 years, Cheryl, are the proud parents of two adult children.  

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Early Life and Education

 

Sundheim graduated with Honors and Distinction in Economics from Stanford University in 1975.  His Honors Thesis was on campaign finance reform.  Sundheim also earned two varsity letters on the Stanford football team. While at Stanford Sundheim ran “Volunteers for Youth,”  a program that matched Stanford athletes with children with self-esteem issues.  The program was so successful that upon graduation Sundheim and Chris Avery took the program national, eventually having programs at 54 campuses across the country.

 

Sundheim earned his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University in 1980 with the aid of an Exceptional Student Fellowship.  While at Northwestern, Sundheim interned for a federal judge and the Better Government Association.

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Career

 

Upon graduation from Northwestern, Sundheim joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Ware, Fletcher and Freidenrich.  In 1986 Sundheim and former Stanford classmate Stan Doty formed Doty & Sundheim.  Sundheim served as President of the firm until 2001.

 

During this period, Sundheim served as a delegate on the U.S.-China Joint Session on Trade, Investment, and Economic Law in 1987 and the U.S.-Soviet Conference on the Law and Trade in 1990.  He was President of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, worked as an NFL Contract Advisor and General Counsel to the Themed Entertainment Association. For his work in the underserved community of East Palo Alto, Sundheim received the California State Bar Pro Bono Award.

 

Since 2001 Sundheim has been a Principal at GPS Mediation, APC. During this period he has been involved with many education reform efforts including co-founding LINC with Elias Chamorro and served as a Senior Advisor to the Superintendent of the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose.  Their they developed a program that led to the doubling of the students on the Honor Roll.

 

Sundheim had been active in the Northern California Lincoln Club since 1990, chairing it from 2001-2003. But starting in 2000, Sundheim began to get more actively involved in California Republican politics. He served on the Committee to Reform and Restructure the Republican Party in 2001, along with several bipartisan committees and boards. In 2003, Sundheim ran for and was elected Chairman of the California Republican Party.

 

Successful Political Reformer

 

Sundheim shattered numerous records as Chairman of the California Republican Party.  Having never previously even been a delegate to the CRP, Sundheim ran as a reformer promising to shake things up.  Sundheim defeated the CAGOP Vice Chairman for the Chairmanship in 2003, the first time in 38 elections the Vice Chairman did not ascend to the Chairmanship.

In 2003, Sundheim played a key role in the only successful recall of a sitting governor in the history of California in 2003.  The very next year he ran a voter registration for which he received the RNC’s “Best Voter Registration Program in the United States,” and was appointed Chairman of the RNC’s National Voter Registration Task Force.

 

In 2006 under his leadership, the GOP set modern day records for the percentage of African Americans, Latinos, women and Asians voting for Republicans.  He served on the RNC Executive Committee from 2006-2007.  During his tenure as Chairman, Sundheim raised over $100 million (an all-time record).

 

Sundheim then took on two of the most powerful political forces in California — and won.  Prior to 2008, Nancy Pelosi and other political bosses drew legislative districts to ensure their reelection. Duf played a key role in passing an initiative that transferred that power to a citizen’s commission.

 

In 2012 Sundheim was a Senior Advisor to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and passed a pension reform initiative which saved San Jose taxpayers $1 billion.

 

U.S. Senate Candidate

 

In September 2015, Duf announced that he would run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer. Since announcing his campaign, Sundheim has traveled over 37,000 miles, holding over 360 events across California.

 

He has received many high-profile endorsements; including Secretary of State George Shultz, John Chambers, Charles Schwab, Governor Pete Wilson, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin – and the endorsement of every Republican legislative leader; including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, State Senator Jean Fuller and Assemblyman Chad Mays.

 

Issues

 

Sundheim likes to take on the “unimaginable” and make it a political reality.  While he has repeatedly taken on powerful incumbents and interests and prevailed, he rejects the extremism on both sides of the aisle and instead focuses on reforms that have broad appeal, and hence are more likely to last. 

 

Sundheim’s goal is to bring that common sense, effective approach to Washington to:

 

•Create better paying jobs

•Get housing and education costs under control

•Solve our water crisis

•Reform our education system

•Keep us safe

 

 

Sundheim particularly emphasizes the plight of working-class. He writes a column for the Spanish-language newspaper, “La Opinion,” every two weeks, largely on economic and education issues.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duf_Sundheim

 

  • Former Congressman Tom Campbell
  • New Majority California
  • Former Secretary of State George Shultz
  • Jan Scully, Retired District Attorney, Sacramento County
  • State Assemblyman Marc Steinorth
  • San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis
  • San Pablo Mayor Rich Kinney
  • Hercules Mayor Dan Romero
  • Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren
  • State Assemblyman Scott Wilk
  • State Assemblyman Don Wagner
  • State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
  • State Assemblyman Devon Mathis
  • State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez
  • State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian
  • Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes
  • State Senator Jim Nielsen
  • Senate Leader Jean Fuller
  • State Senator Anthony Cannella
  • State Senator Pate Bates
  • Republican State Senate Leader Jean Fuller
  • Congresswoman Mimi Walters
  • Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Congressman Devin Nunez, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Congressman Darrell Issa
  • Congressman Col. Paul Cook (Ret.)
  • Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin
  • Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • California Small Business Association
  • Lincoln Club of Northern California
  • Steve Cooley, Retired District Attorney, Los Angeles County
  • McGregor Scott, Former US Attorney
  • Sam Blakeslee, former State Senator
  • Michael Boskin, Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisors
  • Bill Jones, former Secretary of State
  • John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco Systems
  • General William Lyon
  • Bob Naylor, former Republican Assembly Leader, former GOP Chair
  • Charles Munger, Jr.
  • Ronn Owens, KGO radio
  • Charles Schwab
  • John Harris
1.
Federal Carbon Tax

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?

Answer from Duf Sundheim:

 

My mentor, Secretary Shultz, is a proponent of a revenue neutral carbon fee.  I have not taken a position on this specific issue.  While I understand the benefits of discouraging the use of such fuels, I am concerned such measure would increase the cost of energy to American businesses and make them less competitive internationally.  And even if that concern were addressed, such measure would have to be revenue neutral (the proceeds would need to be distributed to the American people, not used to reduce the deficit).  

 

However, I do support the elimination of carbon subsidies such as the oil depletion allowance.

 

Climate change is real and humans are contributing to it.  There is a balance that needs to be struck between encouraging innovation and regulating conduct.  I believe we focus way to much on regulation and not nearly enough on encouraging innovation.  In traveling the state, I have seen first hand regulation tends to have a negative economic impact on America’s middle and lower classes.

 

 

In so many areas of our economy we have seen innovations such as Uber that have both lowered costs AND increased the quality of service.  In this area, I believe we have to focus on innovations that BOTH reduce pollution AND increase productivity.  Funding research is one avenue I will work to actively support.

 

 

 

2.
Gun Control

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 

Answer from Duf Sundheim:

First, I am a strong supporter of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment. Second, the primary role of government is to keep the people safe. Third, I am open to federal involvement only if state or local control is not effective. Consequently, I would oppose any new, federal legislation unless the sponsor was able to show there was a significant, national threat to public safety and state or local legislation would not be effective to address the threat. In California, we have the second stiffest laws on the books. Our problem is the Attorney General’s failure to enforce the existing laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are unstable. Finally, I had a brother with a mental disability. My sister was a special education teacher. My wife Cheryl works with women in recovery. Many times the underlying cause of gun violence and gun-related tragedies is mental health. When I am in the United States, mental health issues will be a top priority.

3.
Trans Pacific Partnership

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.

Answer from Duf Sundheim:

I support free trade and in general support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade Promotion Authority.  However, I do have reservations about TPP in its current form.  More than 40% of California’s exports go to TPP countries, potentially making TPP a massive economic benefit to Californian workers, but I also want to make sure it doesn’t become a corporate give-away.

 

I believe free trade is both an avenue for economic growth and as an important diplomatic tool.  Moreover, we have witnessed time and again that as nations become wealthier, they have paid more attention to their local environment.  Trade is a crucial avenue to increase the wealth of the world, thereby benefiting the global environment.

 

Trade along with specialization and competitive advantage are the three cornerstones of economic development and economic progress.  They have improved not only the quality of life, but also the standard of living. 

 

In addition, history has shown if you are not at the table, other countries will still reach agreements.  Consequently, it is much better if we are at the table to ensure our interests are represented.  That said, when finalized and implemented, we ought to rigorously enforce trade agreements fully. 

4.
Marijuana

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?

Answer from Duf Sundheim:

Simply, no.  Marijuana can be very destructive. I would not entertain federal legalization of marijuana.  Moreover, the United States is a member of a series of anti-drug international treaties, which prohibit the legalization of such substances.  We would have to sever important international relations in order to legalize marijuana, which is a poor trade-off for any preceived benefits legalization might have.

5.
Drought

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

Answer from Duf Sundheim:

I will stop all federal funds going to the High Speed Rail and work with state and local officials to allocate those funds in three key areas:

 

*  Increased above and below ground storage

*  Increased recycling plants

*  Strategic use of small scale desalinization plants

 

In addition, I will work to ensure federal policy promotes making water markets function.  Such markets increase conservation by encouraging the more efficiient use of this valuable resource.  This is not only requires connecting willing sellers and buyers but also 

 

*  Reducing transaction costs by developing a public water market platform 

*  Clearly defining water rights as enforceable and transferable, and 

*  streamlining the trading regulatory review process.  

  

These are the specific steps I will work to enact.  However, water is an emotional as much as it is a legislative issue.  I will work tirelessly with all the stakeholders to ensure their voice is heard and they feel part of the solution.  And we must find a solution to an issue that is so central to the future of California.

6.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 

Answer from Duf Sundheim:

It is no secret that our immigration system is broken.  We are one of the only developed nations worldwide to prioritize familiar immigration over economic immigration.  The world’s best and brightest and hardest working want to come to America and we ought to encouraging that and ought to have a system in place that makes it straightforward and fair.

For those who are here illegally, I do support a pathway to legal status. There are too many people in too many countries who have been waiting 10-20 years to enter this country legally to do otherwise.  But it is also unrealistic and would require a massive growth in government to deport all of these individuals. I also, emphatically, support a secure border.  The two must happen together.

I believe there is a fair and efficient way to create a pathway to legal status. There must be a probationary period, which would require pay back taxes, fines, and passing a criminal background check and English proficiency test.  During that probationary period, they must remain employed, not acquire a criminal record, and not be delinquent with their taxes. Only after this can they apply for legal status.

But just because we have a broken immigration system doesn’t mean state and local governments can ignore current law.  Sanctuary cities should be punished. State and local law enforcement must work with federal immigration officials.  Otherwise, more tragedies like Kathryn Steinle’s murder will occur.

Total money raised: $1,123,933

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
George "Duf" Sundheim
$749,967
2
Cisco Systems
$11,350
3
Landmark Technology
$5,500
4
Asset Management Company
$5,400
4
Crestwood Behavioral Health
$5,400
4
Dodge & Cox
$5,400
4
Epiphany Center
$5,400
4
Foster Care Counts
$5,400
4
ICG Advisors
$5,400
4
Matteson Realty Services
$5,400
4
National Collegiate Scouting Association
$5,400
4
Pritzker Group
$5,400
4
Sequoia Capital
$5,400
4
Stanford University
$5,400
4
Stephenson Foundation
$5,400
4
Underhill Investment Management
$5,400
4
WSJ Properties
$5,400

By State:

California 99.42%
Illinois 0.56%
New Jersey 0.27%
Florida 0.24%
Other -0.50%
99.42%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.18%)
Small contributions (1.82%)
98.18%

By Type:

From organizations (3.55%)
From individuals (96.45%)
96.45%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

The Second Age of Reason

 

We are on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason, one of the most exciting times in the history of man.

 

Before the first Age of Reason: the word was flat, and Kings and Queens ruled the world.  Then came the First Age of Reason, ushered in by the Gutenberg Bible.  We learned the world was round.  There was an explosion of philosophical thought.  And the American Revolution taught us that we did not need the Kings and Queens, that we could govern ourselves.

 

We are now on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason.  Technology, especially the smart phone, has totally transformed what we know and our ability to communicate with our 7 billion fellow human beings.  This has had a profound impact on the way we live, work, learn and play.  

 

Yet, it has had almost no impact on government.  In fact, as the world is moving faster and faster, it is more and more difficult for government to keep up.  This is one of the main frustrations people feel not only at the national level, but at the local level, where it can often take longer to get a building permit than it took us to beat the Germans!

 

Because of (1) the dispersement of knowledge, (2) our ability to communicate quickly and (3) our ability to track performance and hence keep others accountable, there is no longer the need to centralize nearly as much power in Washington as before.

 

Hence, my goal is to make Washington as relevant in the everyday life of the American people as Prince Charles is to the people of England. 

 

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, the American Revolution was one of the few successful revolutions in the history of civilization.  Hence, since revolutions seldom succeed, I support an orderly transition to a decentralized system as opposed to a revolution.  However, as is evidenced by the mood of the people and the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, this transformation must begin immediately.  We should encourage the states to take on more responsibility and using big data, learn from those experiments what works and what does not and make the necessary and continuous adjustments.

 

The second major concept in this area follows the first:  since there is so much knowledge and communication among up to 7 billion data points, it is no longer possible for one individual or group to have more knowledge than the people as a whole.  Hence, to truly represent the people of California, we are looking at ways to “crowd source” our campaign.  I will also attempt to do so as a member of the U.S. Senate.  And wherever feasible I will look to find ways to transfer power from all elected officials and bureaucrats to the people through crowd sourcing and concepts yet to be developed.

 

The Role of Emotions

 

The more facts we learn, the more we think we are behaving based upon this growing set of facts.  We thus are under the illusion we are becoming more and more rational.   But the more we study how we behave, the more we should realize we are not governed by our rational thoughts but by our emotions.  And this growing disparity between what we think we know and how we actually behave is one of the biggest threats we face today.  

 

  • It causes us to think we know more than we do (both in absolute terms and relative to others)
  • It causes us to overestimate our abilities and
  • It causes us to underestimate risk (for example, the risk of war) 

 

For the good of mankind and the safety of the world, we need to get our arms around this concept quickly.

 

One Possible Way to Shift from Gridlock to Problem Solving

 

I once had a mediation where the estranged parents (Mary and Mark, not their real names) were complaining the other was failing to meet their obligations to their child. They would not communicate these feelings directly, but would tell the child, “You tell your mother that if she continues to be such a jerk . . .” etc.

 

So at the mediation where only Mary and Mark were present, I just let them verbally punch themselves out.  After 45 minutes I told Mary:  “Mary, clearly there are many issues you have with Mark we are not going to be able to resolve today.  But clearly your son Bill is the most important thing in your life.  Is that right?”  To which I got a strong “Absolutely”.

 

I turned to Mark, “And Mark, the way you light up when you talk about Bill, is it fair to say he is the most important thing in your life?”  I received a similar, strong response.

 

Turning to both of them I said, “So can we agree, that for the balance of our time together, we will focus on what is in Bill’s best interest?”  To which they both agreed.  And for most of the rest of our time together, instead of complaining how the other was not meeting their obligations, Mary was volunteering to be the primary person with respect to homework and Mark was volunteering to focus on sports and other peer interactions. 

 

That is what we need in Washington today.  We are not going to resolve every dispute between Republicans and Democrats.  Neither side is going to “surrender”.  We need to stop blaming the other and start looking at what is in the best interests of the country and what each side can contribute to make that happen!

 

 

The beauty of this approach is that you do not have to give up what you believe, in fact, it honors what each side believes.  However, at the same time, it is equally critical that as we head down this path we don't forget we are just as emotional and just as flawed as the others.

 

Putting the American Worker First

Summary

With every economic vote I cast, I will ask one question:  "How does this impact the American worker?”  If it helps them, I will support it.  If it does not, I will oppose it.

 

Putting the American Worker First

In America, it used to be that it was not about where you came from, but where you were headed.  And whether you were 20, 30 or 50, you could achieve the dream you had for you and your family.  

For too many Americans, that is no longer the case.  In California alone, 49% of us live close to or below the poverty line. 

Americans feel the system is rigged.  Wall Street banks who made bad loans are bailed out while a single mother who takes out a loan to get an education can’t get such relief.  Multinationals sometimes pay next to nothing in taxes while many small businesses pay 35%.  Poor border enforcement and trade agreements that encourage the exportation of jobs contribute to more people competing for fewer jobs.  

There are four things we can do to dramatically improve the economic lives of the working men and women of this country.

Water.  The best way to improve the lives of working people is to identify those issues which, if addressed, would have a positive impact throughout the economy.  In California, the number one issue is water.  People cannot build homes or grow crops because of a lack of water.  With water we could build more homes in lower density areas which would create high paying construction jobs.  More water also would enable us to grow more crops, which would create jobs in our most depressed areas.  The benefits would not only be on the jobs side - a greater supply of homes would bring housing prices down and more food would lower its cost.

Consequently, I would stop all federal High Speed Rail dollars and use those funds to help solve our water crisis.

Resurrect Small Business.  It is disgusting the fastest growing path to the middle class today is a government job.  We can change that.  The number one creator of private sector jobs is small business.  We have a three point plan to make American small business the envy of the world and the engine of job growth:   

* Resurrect the community bank system to provide small business with access to capital.

* Get rid of the tax breaks and gimmicks that have nothing to do with improving the economy - and everything to do with taking care of the well-connected.  Then lower the marginal tax rates for individuals and businesses. 

The value of the reduction in the marginal tax rates to individuals is obvious.

In terms of businesses, it will enable small businesses that are not able to take advantage of such gimmicks to compete on a more equal footing.  It also will enable the trillions of dollars that are being parked overseas to come home to develop our economy instead of the economies of other nations.

* Dramatically reduce government regulations and put limitations on the scope of discretion bureaucrats have.

Control Our Borders.   I strongly support legal immigration.  However, to protect our workers we need to take control of our borders to prevent people from entering the country illegally.  There is a role for 5th Century B.C. technology (a wall) to help us achieve this goal.  However, we should have a triad approach:  

* A wall where cost effective

* Sensors, drones, big data in less populated areas

* Border officials with the manpower and tools they need to do the job.

Better Trade Deals.  Historically trade deals have focused on opening up markets to American goods and reducing the cost of goods imported into our country.  However, the American worker has not been well represented in this process.  Our trade deals need to do a much better job of taking the needs of the American worker into effect.  When I am in the U.S. Senate, I will ensure this is the case.

 

The bottom line:  When I cast my vote on economic issues, I will be focused on one issue:  “How does this law impact the American worker?”  If it either helps raise their pay or lower their costs, I will support it.  If it does not, I will oppose it.

 

How to Keep America Safe

Summary

The number one priority of our federal government is to keep America safe.  An effective foreign policy has four components: 1) Accurate Intelligence, 2) Thoughtful Diplomacy, 3) Innovative Technology , and 4) a Strong Military.

How to Keep America Safe

The number one priority of our federal government is to keep America safe.  That requires bold, balanced, and smart leadership. With geopolitical threats from Russia, North Korea, and Iran and terrorist threats from radical Islam, it is essential our nation has both a strong defense and maintain a robust offensive capacity.  

As a U.S. Senator, I will work to empower the four core pillars of an effective national security policy: 1) Accurate Intelligence, 2) Thoughtful Diplomacy, 3) Innovative Technology , and 4) a Strong Military.

Intelligence is one of the most important national security components.  If we don’t know where our enemies lie and what their plans are, it is impossible to prevent, deter, and combat them.  Accurate intelligence can prevent wars and if you are in a war, accurate intelligence is the difference between winning and losing.

Current law makes intelligence gathering cumbersome and despite efforts to better coordinate intelligence across agencies, there is much more to be done.  We need to empower our intelligence agencies, not politicize them.  We need to better coordinate our intelligence with our allies across the world, especially in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. And we must aggressively prosecute anyone who undermines our intelligence gathering and networks.

Diplomacy is essential to an effective foreign policy.  From the Truman Doctrine to the fall of the Soviet Union, leaders such as George Marshall and George Shultz helped the United States build long-lasting relationships abroad that played an invaluable role in keeping us safe.  

We need to stop thinking of the State Department as a separate foreign policy entity from our intelligence agencies and our military and better integrate its diplomatic efforts into a grand national security agenda. 

In Europe, NATO should be transformed to also focus on the threat ISIS poses to its members. In the Middle East, we ought to be building a coalition to combat a nuclear Iran and ISIS. In Asia, we should work with the Japanese, and the South Koreans and pressure the Chinese to prevent North Korea from attempting anything reckless.

Moreover, we ought to be using the economic might of the United States as a diplomatic carrot and the military as the stick.  As Theodore Roosevelt was apt to say, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Technology can be the difference between success or failure in national security.  From muskets to sailing ships to computers, the entity that has mastered the latest technology usually has been the masters of their fate.  As the home of Silicon Valley, America should have a huge technological advantage, yet state actors like the Chinese and North Koreans have consistently hacked our government and terrorist organizations like ISIS have mastered the use of social media to recruit and propagandize.  

First, we need leaders who understand technology.  Second, we need to streamline the ability of our national security network to utilize the most innovative technology.  And third, technology must be thought of as a defensive and offensive priority.  As much as we should try to plug every hole in our technology network, we will never be able to do so.  People who try to undermine our network need to understand the price they will pay if they try.

Our military is the envy of the world thanks to the courageous men and women who serve in uniform. It is our most valuable national security treasure. But it is only effective in both preventing conflict and winning conflicts when it is undeniably the strongest military in the world.   

First, we must make investment in modernizing our military a key priority.  Second, we should prepare for the wars that haven’t been fought, not the ones we have.  Third, we should incorporate our military into our diplomatic missions.  These men and women are on the front lines and can be our most visible and effective diplomats. Fourth, we should leverage our military with strong alliances worldwide so that America isn’t alone fighting other people’s wars.  Fifth, we should never take military action off the table; it may not be the first option, but it must remain one.  Sixth, when we decide to engage our military, we must be prepared to do what it takes to win.  Leaving a combat zone with the mission unfulfilled creates new and more dangerous problems. And finally, we must work to ensure our veterans are cared for.  The current situation is shameful.

 

Protecting the American people is not only the most important priority; it also is one of the most difficult.  It takes persistence and clarity of vision.  In the Senate, I will have no higher responsibility than to do everything I can to keep the American people safe.

 

Imagining a New Age of Reason

Summary

Technology, has had a profound impact on the way we live, work, learn and play.  It has had no impact on government.  My goal is to make Washington as relevant in the everyday life of the American people as Prince Charles is to the people of England. 

Imagining a New Age of Reason

 

We are on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason, one of the most exciting times in the history of man.

 

Before the first Age of Reason: the word was flat, and Kings and Queens ruled the world.  Then came the First Age of Reason, ushered in by the Gutenberg Bible.  We learned the world was round.  There was an explosion of philosophical thought.  And the American Revolution taught us that we did not need the Kings and Queens, that we could govern ourselves.

 

We are now on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason.  Technology has totally transformed what we know.  It has also transformed our ability to communicate what we now know with our 7 billion fellow human beings.  It has had a profound impact on the way we live, work, learn and play.  

 

It has had almost no impact on government.  

 

In fact, as the world is moving faster and faster, it is more and more difficult for government to keep up.  This is one of the main frustrations people feel not only at the national level, but at the local level, where it can often take longer to get a building permit than it took us to beat the Germans!

 

Because of (1) the dispersement of knowledge, (2) our ability to communicate quickly and (3) our ability to track performance and hence keep others accountable, there is no longer the need to centralize nearly as much power in Washington as before.

 

Hence, my goal is to make Washington as relevant in the everyday life of the American people as Prince Charles is to the people of England. 

 

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, the American Revolution was one of the few successful revolutions in the history of civilization.  Hence, since revolutions seldom succeed, I support an orderly transition to a decentralized system as opposed to a revolution.  However, as is evidenced by the mood of the people and the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, this transformation must begin immediately.  We should encourage the states to take on more responsibility and using big data, learn from those experiments what works and what does not and make the necessary and continuous adjustments.

 

 

The second major concept in this area follows the first:  since there is so much knowledge and communication among up to 7 billion data points, it is no longer possible for one individual or group to have more knowledge than the people as a whole.  Hence, to truly represent the people of California, we are looking at ways to “crowd source” our campaign.  I will also attempt to do so as a member of the U.S. Senate.  And wherever feasible I will look to find ways to transfer power from elected officials and bureaucrats to the people through crowd sourcing and concepts yet to be developed.

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Source: California Secretary of State

Economic uncertainty and terrorist attacks have created anxious times. We want action from our leaders; instead we get excessive partisanship and a divisive, ineffective government. I promise to be different. I will be bold, balanced. I will find achievable solutions. California once was the “Land of Dreams”; aspiring to compete, to achieve—and to win for ourselves and our families. But that dream is being suffocated by leaders that have taken extreme positions. The result is businesses, our neighbors and our children are leaving California. Our schools are ranked 41st in the country. Taxes keep rising, and the cost-of-living is through the roof. This bleeding has to stop. I have the experience and passion to fix this. I graduated from Stanford and Northwestern Law. I solve problems for a living. I am a federal court approved mediator and volunteer settlement judge. I was Chairman of the California Republican Party, overseeing the only successful recall of a governor, and the first to be re-elected; because we got stuff done. Leaders from every segment imaginable are supporting my vision to renew the “California Dream.” Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Cisco’s John Chambers, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, The California Small Businesses Association. I am guided by the Constitution. My priorities are jobs, national security, education and water. Please visit SundheimforSenate.com for policy details. Integrity. Common sense. Results. They’re my foundation—and the foundation upon which we will bring back our “Land of Dreams.”

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Attorney/Businessman/Rancher
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Profession:Attorney & Elected Official
Owner, Phillip D Wyman & Associates (not availacurrent)
President, Summit Lime Company (2010current)
Member, California State Assembly — Elected position (20012002)
Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (19931994)
Member, California State Assembly — Elected position (19791992)
Attorney, Private Practice (19741977)
Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (19691973)
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law J.D. (1973)
University of California at Davis Bachelor’s, agricultural economics (1967)
Total money raised: $48,900

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Pandol Brothers
$250

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.49%)
Small contributions (0.51%)
99.49%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
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  • A Flat Tax that will replace the existing tax code, reduce the power of the IRS, boost the economy and end corporate welfare
  • A comprehensive Water Plan for California
  • Restore clarity to American foreign policy
Profession:Small Business Attorney & Media Contributor
Contributor, Forbes.com (2012current)
Owner, PoliticalVanguard.com (2002current)
Principal, Small Business Attorney, Del Beccaro, Hornsby & Blake (2000current)
Chairman, California Republican Party — Elected position (20112013)
Santa Clara University School of Law J.D. (1987)
University of California at Berkeley B.A., English (1983)
  • Steve Forbes
  • Congressman Tom McClintock
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (PAC)
  • Senator Sharon Runner
  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • Assemblyman Matthew Harper
  • Michelle Rivas Vice President, Twin Rivers USD Board of Trustees
  • Supervisor Dan Flores, Sutter County
  • Supervisor Ron Sullenger, Sutter County
  • Supervisor Rick Farinelli, Madera County
  • Supervisor Marshall Long, Mariposa County
  • Ignacio Velazquez, Mayor, City of Hollister
  • Michelle Rivas, Vice President, Twin Rivers USD Board of Trustees
  • Sen. George Runner (Ret.), Board of Equalization Member
  • Supervisor Michael Antonovich (Los Angeles County)
  • California Republican Assembly
  • Ward Connerly
  • Kevin McGary President and Chairman, Frederick Douglass Foundation of California
  • John Herrington, U.S. Secretary of Energy, 1985-89
  • Bill Simon, Republican Nominee for Governor of California, 2002
  • Ann-Marie Murrell, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, PolitiChicks.com
  • Morgan Brittany, Actress
  • Bill Cowan, Lt. Colonel, USMC (ret)
  • Paul Vallely, Maj. General, U.S. Army (ret)
  • Stephen Moore, National Economist
  • Larry Kudlow, National Economist
  • Tony Ribera, Ph.D., Chief of Police, San Francisco Police Dept. (ret)
  • Dr. Walid Phares, Professor and Foreign Affairs Expert
  • John Eastman, Constitutional law scholar
1.
Federal Carbon Tax

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?

Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

I do not favor a federal carbon tax.

I do support the reduction of pollution worldwide in a cooperative manner.  Unfortunately, the result of our regulations has been increased pollution in other countries as manufacturing has moved offshore.  Rather than push even more jobs to countries like China and India that pollute wantonly, we should have more practical regulations at home to allow jobs to stay here and have less global pollution with cleaner manufacturing here in California.

2.
Gun Control

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 

Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

The federal government should encourage state and federal policies that refocus our efforts to reduce gun violence.  The second amendment states that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  So any policy changes must respect our 2nd amendment rights.

 

The key to reducing gun violence is to reduce criminal activity. It is not to infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.  The different approaches of Chicago and New York are telling.  Chicago has focused its efforts on restricting the rights to own and use guns.  That has resulted in increased crime and gun violence.  New York, under the Giuliani administration, focused on reducing crime overall, which necessarily focused on cracking down on criminals.  That resulted in reduced gun violence and a safer New York.

 

Finally, if someone uses a gun in connection with a crime, they must go to jail.  We must enforce that policy.  Too many prosecutors are plea bargaining away gun charges. That encourages gun violence and puts criminals back on the streets earlier than the law should allow.

3.
Trans Pacific Partnership

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.

Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

History demonstrates that the richest nations have been those that have traded internationally. America should stand for free trade and I support free trade efforts.  Unfortunately, our own governments have weakened the ability of American companies to trade. Our excessive taxes and regulations are the cause of that weakness.  Our weak economic growth over the last 7 years (under 2%) has been 40 years in the making and has been made worse by recent policies.  One result of that weak economic growth is the historically low labor force participation in America.

The trade pact likely would increase the number of foreign workers in America at a time when the American economy is not able to produce enough jobs because of those bad government policies.  In other words, if the TPP were instituted tomorrow, our weak labor market would be exposed at the height of its vulnerability. 

I support a flat tax and a reduction in the level of regulation to allow the American private sector to thrive and to boost employment here at home.  That could all happen by March of 2017.  Once that recovery is under way, then the impact of the implementation of TPP would not hit American workers when they are most vulnerable. In short, the trade pact should have been negotiated when America was economically thriving and had maximum leverage and implementation ideally delayed until the implementation of tax and regulatory reform here at home – reforms which should be made in full not later than early next year.

4.
Marijuana

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?

Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

I am not in favor of relaxing the federal marijuana laws. 

The experiment in Colorado is demonstrating that there are collateral effects to increased marijuana sales and use. For instance, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director in San Diego stated one of the collateral effects of increased accessibility to marijuana is that “Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they’re profitable in small amounts.”  Indeed, the use of heroin and methamphetamines is on the rise as well as the importation of those drugs.

Rather than plunge forward here in California, we need to understand the full effects of the amount of legalization we already have.

 

5.
Drought

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

The impact of California’s water policies is far-reaching. More than just a question of the length of showers, they directly contribute to high unemployment and poverty. The solution to our water crisis can boost employment and reduce poverty – and it’s high time we get practical about it. - See more at: http://www.delbeccaroforsenate.com/2016/03/practical-plus-high-tech-solutions-can-ease-californias-water-crisis/#sthash.Lof4yBN3.dpuf

The resolution of the water crisis can actually be quite simple if we are as practical as Singapore, a world leader in water technology. When I went to summer law school there in 1986, I was impressed by how the tiny nation island went about solving its problems. Only 277 square miles and surrounded by ocean and near the equator, Singapore has severely limited freshwater sources.

It anticipated a population boom and now leads the world in water recycling technology, including capturing rainfall not just on protected land but on buildings and roads, as well as desalination plants and water recycling. Singapore also partnered with neighboring Malaysia (with whom it sometimes had sharp disagreements) and built a dam to increase water supplies for Singapore.

California should be the high-tech water capital of the world. Rather than build high-speed rail, we should allocate funds to retrieve storm water from our roads and have the water pumped to recycling stations. Within 10 years, no lawn in California should be watered with anything but recycled water.

To ease unemployment and the water crisis, our aging municipal water pipes should be replaced. Those older pipes, by many estimates, leak as much water as all of the state’s residential use. Los Angeles alone has more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance. Since we have a plan to measure, monitor and regulate all of California’s groundwater, shouldn’t we fix our pipes? That would create shovel-ready jobs and could be completed within four years.

Our forests can provide a solution as well. They are overgrown and present a fire danger, but a policy that allows thinning of trees would create dramatic increases in runoff – some say enough to feed the Central Valley. Those are shovel-ready jobs as well.

We should also (1) build desalination plants (70 percent of Californians live within 30 miles of the ocean) and more reservoirs, including the long awaited Sites Reservoir, (2) require greater water recycling.  Every blade of muncipal grass should be watered with recycled water within 10 years.

6.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 

Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called “comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amidst our divisions. I proposes a more practical approach:

I believe we should do the following to address the immigration crisis:

1. National Security.  Immigration should now be viewed as the national security issue it has become.  Whatever we thought about immigration before 9/11 and the San Bernardino terror strike, we must think again.  We can build a consensus on immigration by putting the interests of the entire country first.

2. Comprehensive Legislation Won’t Work. Large, 2,500 page bills – especially on this contentious issue – are unlikely to pass any time soon and have proven to be a pandora’s box of bad provisions and policy.  We don’t have to attempt to solve all problems at once and our national security concerns mean we cannot wait.  Therefore, I believe we need to take a piecemeal approach to solving the crisis.

3.  Immediate Visa Reform.  Up to half of those here illegally have overstayed their visas. We can reduce racial tension in this country by acknowledging that fact instead of implying all illegal immigration is from a single country. Also, remember that the 9/11 conspirators took advantage of our lax visa laws.  The San Bernardino terrorist took advantage of our weak protections by simply giving a false address at the time she applied for a visa.  We have lost track of hundreds of thousands who have overstayed their visas.  Enough is enough.  We must strengthen our visa laws. 

4.  All Ports of Entry.  We must understand that all of our ports of entry represent a danger.  Therefore, we need to bring added resources to protect all of them not some of them. We also must support enforcement of existing laws when it comes to those who come here illegally.

Total money raised: $588,319

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Thomas Del Beccaro
$40,000
2
Peck Enterprises
$10,800
3
Pacific Meritage
$10,750
4
Nelson T. Lewis Construction
$8,000
5
BCCI Construction
$7,450

By State:

California 96.08%
Connecticut 1.12%
New Jersey 1.04%
Arizona 0.52%
Other 1.23%
96.08%

By Size:

Large contributions (81.77%)
Small contributions (18.23%)
81.77%18.23%

By Type:

From organizations (1.56%)
From individuals (98.44%)
98.44%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Flat Tax and Pro Growth Economics

Summary

America must return to economic growth of above 3.5%.  In order to do that, Tom believes we need tax and regulatory reform. 

Tom believes that the last 40 years of growing tax burdens, regulatory burdens and government debt (at the hands of both parties), has slowed our economy and made it hard for people to find and keep good paying jobs.  In order to get the robust economic growth we need to produce good jobs and rising wages, Tom supports the following: 

1. A Flat Tax for the Country and California. Tom is the only U.S. Senate candidate in the country with his own flat tax plan. It is supported by Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer and Steve Moore. Tom’s tax proposal will reduce the 77,00 page tax code to just a few pages, grow the economy for all and reduce the power of the IRS. Please read Tom’s Flat Tax proposal below.

2. Regulatory Reform. The number of regulations in America are at an all time high and cost the economy nearly $2 trillion per year.  We need to be sensible about our level of regulations.  Tom proposes that all existing and new regulations undergo a cost benefit analysis and that any new regulations that cost consumers over $200 million be approved by Congress.  Any existing or new regulations that fail this cost benefit analysis should be scrapped.

3. Trade.  America should be the world leader in trade.  Too much of our trade deficit is due to the fact that our employers are subject to high taxes and regulations that make American businesses uncompetitive in the world markets.  We need to reduce the costs of doing business in America (through tax reform and regulatory reform) so we can reduce our trade deficits.

See More at Tom's page Flat Tax & Pro-Growth Economic Policies

Republican
Businessman/Attorney/CPA
230,944 votes (3.1%)
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  • Create jobs by providing income tax incentives (reducing the tax rate fro 35% to 5%) to bring back $2 trillion that could increae one to two million new jobs.
  • Fix immagration issues by strengthening our borders, enforcing the terms of visas legally issued when they expire, reduce Federal funding to all so-called Sanctuary cities and enforcce the E-verify system to be sure all jobs are provided to American
  • Balance the Federal budget by cutting administrative expenses in all agenies except those that are performing securty, military or safety functions.
Profession:Businessman, Attorney, CPA, Accountant and Veteran
Business Consultant, Self-employed (2001current)
President and Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commisiion — Appointed position (19941999)
Commissioner, California Transportation Commission — Appointed position (19961998)
Partner and Certified Public Accountant, International Public Accounting Firm (19591991)
Officer/Pilot, U.S. Air Force (19561959)
University of San Francisco J.D. (2000)
University of Utah B.S., business and accounting (1955)
Board member or Committee member of my Church, Church (1992current)
Committee Member of Finance and Audit as well as the Rail Committee , Town of Atherton, California (2006current)
Committee member of each Committee , Town of Atherton, California (2006current)
Establish and help operate two Charter Schools in City of Alameda, Ca., Alameda Community Center (19911993)
Volunteer Board Member or Chairman/ Treasurer for Non-profit agenies, Self Help for the Elderly (19801992)

Greg is a businessman, an attorney licensed in Washington D.C., a CPA and a former veteran as a Air Force Officer and pilot.  He served as a former Commissioner to the California Public Utilties Commission where he served two years as its President and for two years on the California Transportation Commission as a Commissioner.  He was a partner in an international acacounting and consulting firm where he served clients as a CPA and business consultant and he was later a business consultant to both large and small businesses.  In addition to his experience in the public sector on the two California Commissions he also served on several non-profit agenies and schools, including Self Help for the Elderly in San Franciso where he served on the Board for over 10 years.  This agency provided social service to almost 20,000 seniors and served 1,000 lunches a day to the same seniors. In addition he served on the Board of Pineview Housing that built a senior housing project for 80 people in San Francisco.  He help originate and operate two Charter Schools in the City of Alameda serving almost 800 students.  He contines serving on Boards or Committees in his Town of Atherton and in his Church.     

  • Yet to be obtained.
  • Major General Robert D. Ostenberg, US Army, Retired
  • Elizabeth Lewis, Mayor of City of Atherton
  • Peter Ohtaki, Council Member and former Mayor of Menlo Park, California
1.
Federal Carbon Tax

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?

Answer from Greg Conlon:

The main emitters of carbon dioxide are Chian and India.  I would review carefully the treaties that are enforce and those proposed in the future to be sure that these two countries and any other that are strong emitters to be sure they are doing their share in reducing the emission of carbon dioxide.  In addition I would want to explore the use of standardized nuclear plants for the future to reduce the emission of carbon gases by coal,oil and natural gas plants.

2.
Gun Control

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 

Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe that the U S Constitution provides everyone the opportunity to own guns for both self defense in their homes and recreational use under safe conditions. 

I support the Second Amendment for the two reasons just mentioned.

3.
Trans Pacific Partnership

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.

Answer from Greg Conlon:

All trade ageements should be reviewed to be sure they are fair to the U S companies trading with a particular country now.  Extreme tarriffs restricting import fess like the Smoot Hartly Act of the 1930's I believe caused the depression or certainly added to it.  I would not want to go down that street.  I would be sure that countries importing into the U S are not illegally supporting private companies be able to lower their pricies and put U S companies out of business. 

4.
Marijuana

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?

Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe that marijana should not be legalized because it will start users down the drug track of becoming serious users of hard drugs that our nation is now facing in many states. . 

5.
Drought

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

Answer from Greg Conlon:

At this point in time I would call for more stoarge and reserviors to be able to take advantage of the rain and snow as much as possible.  I would also review the enviormental endangered species laws to be sure we are not going to far in retricting economic activity in the fishing and timber industry in California and to reduce the risk of drought. 

6.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 

Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe this country should protect its borders and not allow people to enter without a reasonable legal basis to do so with a passport or visa.   Therefore we need to strengthen our borders to be sure that people are only admitted if they have a legal basis to do so. 

Also I would advocate better monitoring and review of all legal visas issued that the person returns to their home nation or obtains a legal green card or work permint to stay in the country.  My understanding that of the 11 million illegals in the U S today aobut 40% entered into the U S with legal visas or student or work permits.  We need to monitor they visas when they expired to be sure the people return to their country or gain another legal basis for staying.  Otherwise many are taking high paying jobs from our citizens illegally.

Total money raised: $63,121

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Greg Conlon
$23,765
2
A Wilsey Properties
$5,400
3
Ernst & Young
$4,400
4
Law Office Of Mark Watson
$3,400
5
O'brien Homes
$2,700
5
Oak Investment Partners
$2,700

By State:

California 94.92%
Nevada 3.39%
North Carolina 1.69%
94.92%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.50%)
Small contributions (6.50%)
93.50%

By Type:

From organizations (1.69%)
From individuals (98.31%)
98.31%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Greg has a philosophy of giving back to the community that was instilled in him during his business career always trying to serve in his communities, his church and non-profit agenies.  His philosophy is supporting free enterprise and competition but recognizing the need to give back to the community inwhich he lives and works.  He started out his leadership activity becoming an Eagle Scout at very young age and serving on his high school student council during his high school experience.  After high school he attended the University of Utah again taking a leadership role running for Student Body Vice President and becoming an officer in the Air Force ROTC.  After college he served in the Air Force as an officer and a pilot before beginning his private sector experience discussed obove. 

His political philosophy is to rely on the private sector to grow the economy and provide economic growth that creates necessay jobs to keep people employed at the same time helping people help themselves rather than trying to take care of everyone who is able to take care of themselves.  He recognizes that certain people who are unable to work need assistance from the social agencies or the public agencie of the government. 

Greg has been dependent on his self since he graduated from high school, since his parents were unable to provide assistance to him in college or thereafter.  His hard work and perseverance allowed him to be successful to raise his family and provide for them.  He has prepared himself to serve in the public as a U S Senator and is looking forward to that opportunity. 

 

 

Greg Conlon's Comments on California's Higher Education Problems that need to be addressed

Summary

 

This paper explains the current situtation of the UC System's decrease in funding from the State and how it is handling it by increasing out-of-state an out-of-country students admissions who pay higher tuition fees.  The paper makes recommendations on what Conlon believes could help solve the financial issues. 

 

GREG CONLON COMMENTS ON THE FUTURE OF

 

CALIFORNIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM    

 

(Palo Alto, CA) - California is taking away an outstanding educational opportunity from some of its best and brightest high school graduates by limiting their access to the University of California system. US News and World Report ranks UC Berkeley and UCLA  20th and 23rd in the nation, yet 30% of their students come from out of state.  That amounts to approximately 8,500 students each out of a total of 27,000 to 30,000 students, respectively. While out-of-state tuition costs $36,000 per year, or $23,000 more than in-state tuition, this additional revenue supports only about 6% of UC System’s expenses.                                   

 

Is this really what we want to do — give away about 17,000 spots a year in these two schools to out-of-state and out-of-nation students and deprive our own top students of this educational opportunity and future high-paying jobs?.  My answer is no.  The State of California has decreased its funding of the UC System in total from 18% of the State's general fund in the late ‘70's to 11 to 12% today.  These decreases compare with increases in health and human services, corrections and rehabilitations, and K-12 education from 60% to 80% of the State's General Fund expenditures.  These statistics are available from a Study of Public Education in California by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 

 

Meanwhile other universities that are ranked equal or higher than our two top public universities are charging about $10,000 more per year (average $48,000 per year) in student fees.  So not only are we giving away these top spots to non-state students, we are doing it at a discount compared to similar top 20 universities in the nation (see US News and World Report Rankings).  

 

As a candidate for the U. S. Senate, I believe a federal policy regarding issuance of student visas to out-of-nation students can positively address the inequity of educational opportunity for California’s equally qualified best and brightest students.  I propose that out-of-nation students (who are primarily from China and India) be subjected to requirements similar to those currently imposed for issuance of "Green Cards" for foreign persons to obtain work visas.  My recommendation is that each University would have to demonstrate that there are no equally qualified in-state students, based on test scores and GPA, who could fill the available slot for admission. Only then would student visas be issued. While the loss of higher tuition revenue would have an impact, I believe we can find ways to make up much of the lost revenue.  First the California legislature should try to increase appropriations for the UC System and reverse the trend of the downward spiral.  Second, based on my experience in both the private sector as a businessman and CPA and my public sector experience as President of the California PUC, it is not out of the question to find some savings to recover some of the 6% in the University System expenditures.  

This is not an easy problem to solve but by addressing this issue we can increase the chances for California’s best and brightest to receive a high-quality education and gain access to future high-paying jobs right here at home.

U S Supreme Court issues recent decision continuing the logic that has caused a negative impact on Northern California.

Summary

This postion paper is in the form of a letter to the editor on how the U S Suprem Court's recent decision in Evenwel v Abbot has caused a negative impact on the timber and fishing industries in Norther California.  It also discusses why the Court should reverse its decision in order to better protect the interests of rural California by giving these areas more political representatives in the State Senate. 

 

Letter to the Editor or Opinion Letter April 9, 2016:

 

US Supreme Court issues a recent decision continuing the logic that has caused a negative impact on the timber and fishing industry in Northern California

 

U S Supreme Court in its recent decision  (Evenwel, v Abbot, Governor of Texas) continues supporting the 1964 Case of Reynolds v. Sims where the Supreme Court upheld that "The Equal Protection Clause" of the U S Constitution "requires that the seats in both houses of a bicameral state legislature must be apportioned on a population basis."   The Supreme Court  decision stated "a State may draw its legislative districts based on total population."  This decision does not require that only the use of population basis be used to apportion state legislative districts and related maps.  It uses the terminology "one-person, one-vote" to describe this rule.   Over the ensuing decades, the Court has several times elaborated on the scope of the one-person, one-vote rule.  Finally it decided in another case, Brown vs. Thomson in 1983, that the Court would allow deviation in the method of apportionment as long as the deviation, between the largest and the smallest is less than 10%.  The Court has held that the maximum deviations above 10% are presumptively impermissible.  One later decision allowed a 16% deviation in order to accommodate the State's interest in "maintaining the integrity of political subdivision lines.”  The State of Hawaii was allowed to deviate because of its geographic island separation. 

Northern California counties were severely impacted by the 1964 "Sims" decision because they had to redraw their California Senatorial Districts, (as did the entire State), using total population from the U S Census Bureau rather than using the eligible or actual registered voters or just using county lines, i.e., one Senator per county.   This had a dramatic impact from Sacramento north causing a loss of seven Northern California Senators from the State Senate.  This loss in Senators caused an extreme transfer of political power in the State Senate from Northern California counties with very low population towns and cities to large metropolitan urban centers like Los Angeles County.  Today there are only 4 Senators out of 40 representing most of Northern California (excluding the San Francisco and Sacramento area) while there were 11 Senators before the 1964 decision in Sims and the subsequent reapportionment. 

 

Although this loss of political power by Northern California is hard to measure I believe that State legislation in the 1970s and the Federal legislative changes over the years have had a dramatic impact on both the timber and fishing industries in these counties.  I reach this conclusion from my experience traveling through six of these Northern California counties two years ago when campaigning for State Treasurer.

 

The fallacy of the use of total population rather than political boundaries like counties makes no sense in a bi-cameral government where there are two bodies--a house or assembly and a senate.  The house or assembly should be elected by population as it is in the U S House of Representatives and the Senate body should represent the different government sub-bodies normally counties within a state.  This logic follows the practice in the Federal Congress where the U S Senators are based on two per state, not on some equal population formula as is the House of Representatives with about 800,000 persons in each District.  If the Federal U S Senate were apportioned by the equal population formula called for in the "Sims case" decision and the recent "Evenwel case" New England states would likely have only one or two Senators instead of the 8 or 10 they have today and California with its large population would have 12 U S Senators.

 

Hopefully the U S Supreme Court will recognize its use of population apportionment for both houses of a bi-cameral State government is inconsistent with the Federal apportionment of two Senators per state. Instead States should be allowed under the 10th amendment states rights to come up with their own apportionment process for the second house (usually the Senate) in a bi-cameral legislature. One of these processes would be to use the county boundaries within the State to reapportion each Senatorial District. 

 

Greg Conlon, Wash. D.C., Attorney

 

Candidate for U S Senate in California

 

 

 

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I was a partner in an international accounting firm, serving clients as a CPA, and have been a business consultant to various business entities. I have my attorney’s license in Washington D.C. and was a pilot in the US Air Force. I understand the economic, financial and legal challenges in balancing budgets and effectively serve the public and Veterans. In addition I am an Eagle Scout. As a Commissioner and President of the California Public Utilities Commission I was in charge of proceedings that allowed residential and commercial customers to buy electricity directly from private and community public entities not privately owned utilities. I also led an initiative that increased competition and allowed businesses to select different telecommunication providers. If elected I have three objectives: First, reduce the size of government and balance the Federal budget each year by reducing the administrative work force in Federal agencies and not replacing retired employees. Second, resolve immigration issues by strengthening our borders, enforcing the terms of visas issued to foreign citizens and reducing all Federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities. Third, provide private sector jobs by reducing the income tax rate on large businesses to 5% for cash returned to the U.S. in exchange for new job creation. I was the Republican nominee for State Treasurer in 2014 and garnered almost 3.0 million votes; I know how to run a successful General Election. I look forward to representing California and would be honored to have your vote.

Democratic
Small Business Owner
168,805 votes (2.2%)
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Profession:Mortgage Broker
President, Stokes Mortgage Capital (2005current)
Owner, Echo Park Realty (2003current)
Real Estate Broker, Various (1983current)
El Camino College Degree, real estate (not availa)
Total money raised: $12,723

By State:

California 97.46%
Tennessee 2.54%
97.46%

By Size:

Large contributions (31.00%)
Small contributions (69.00%)
31.00%69.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
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Republican
Internet Startup CEO
112,055 votes (1.5%)
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Profession:Software Developer
CEO, EtaCar.com (2015current)
Sustainability Advisor, Silicon Valley International Group (2012current)
Project Coordinator, Lucent Technologies (19992001)
Senior Software Engineer, Impact With Quality (19972000)
Golden Gate University Bachelor’s, computer information systems (not availa)
Golden Gate University Master’s, telecommunications management (1997)