| ACRU Forming a Political Action Committee (PAC) |
Today, February 2, 2010, the ACRU announced that it is forming a Political Action Committee (PAC) in order to raise money to remind voters of Attorney General Jerry Brown's first two terms as governor of California, and to prevent a future Brown administration.
While governor from 1975 to 1983, Brown was on the opposite side of voters in a number of critical areas.
In 1982 Brown opposed Proposition 8, the Victims' Bill of Rights" initiative which established rights for California crime victims. These rights, incorprated into the state constitution, included the right to restitution, victim compensation, and restorative justice. It also restricted bail for capital murder, and the right of victims to speak at sentencing hearings and to testify at parole hearings.
Like his father, Brown strongly opposed the death penalty and vetoed it as Governor, but the legislature overrode the veto in 1977. He also appointed judges who opposed capital punishment, appointing more than 1,200 judges in all. In 1960, he lobbied his father, then Governor, to spare the life of Caryl Chessman and reportedly won a 60-day stay for him. Currently, as Attorney General, he is obligated to represent the state in fighting death penalty appeals and stated that he will follow the law, regardless of his personal beliefs. However, he has yet to step in to secure the implementation of our capital punishment laws.
In 1978 while the state had a budget surplus of $5 billion, rather than spend or return the money to taxpayers, Brown sat on the surplus, allowing property taxes to rise so high that voters fought back by passing the historical Proposition 13 Tax Initiative, thereby rolling back and capping property taxes.
In 1994, Brown opposed Proposition 187, the voter-passed initiative that prohibited illegal aliens from receiving taxpayer-funded entitlements. And again in 1996 Brown defied voters on Proposition 209 which banned preferential treatment for women and minorities in government programs, saying that it would prohibit all affirmative action programs and would foster discrimination. Numerous reverse discrimination cases have been successful since voters passed this initiative, thereby demonstrating that a real society free from discrimination is one that doesn't provide for preferential treatment for anyone.
The State Attorney General normally argues in support of laws that have been passed by the electorate. Brown took an unusual step by declining to defend Proposition 8, the Marriage Protection Act, a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution that banned same-sex marriage. (As he himself opposed the amendment.)On May 26, 2009, a day after ACRU board members Howard Garber, John Mancino, and Josh Flynn-Brown held a news conference on the steps of the California Supreme Court, the Court voted 6–1 to uphold Proposition 8.
Most recently Brown opposed the Limits On Voting Initiative Statute, prohibiting citizens from voting at polls unless they provide a government-issued photo identification card. It is no secret that there have been numerous cases of voter fraud throughout this country where illegal immigrants have participated in elections.
Probably the most outrageous act Brown committed while governor was his appointment of Rose Elizabeth Bird to become Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. Bird, while having not a single hour of judicial experience, voted to overturn all 61 death penalty cases that came before her court. It was through the efforts of five individuals, including our founder, Dr. Garber, current Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas, Don Floyd, Paul MacCauley and myself, that brought enough publicity to Bird's outrageous rulings that resulted in voters defeating her and two colleagues for another 12 year term on the Court in November 1986.
It is still difficult to believe how much voters have forgotten about Brown's first two terms as governor, and that they elected him to become the highest law enforcement officer of the state. It seems that voters have amnesia regarding "Governor Moonbeam". And these same voters need to remember that it was Brown who appointed future recalled Governor Gray Davis to be his chief of staff.
However, it is our goal through our PAC to remind those voters of his past - ALL OF IT. And we encourage our readers to contact us to learn how you might assist us in this critical effort.