Which, it turns out, is precisely who’s funding Prop. 90. The measure’s leading backer is New York developer Howard Rich, a longtime funder of economic libertarian causes, who heads organizations that have contributed $1.77 million to the Yes-on-90 campaign, and another $4 million to similar campaigns in seven other states. The Yes-on-90 campaign has also received $600,000 from a group called Montanans in Action, with which Rich has long-standing ties, and which, protesting that it is chiefly nonpolitical, refuses to identify the source of its funding.
Could this nonsense pass in a high-turnout California election? Not likely. Could it pass if as many Republicans as Democrats show up at the polls? Could be. One more reason that Phil Angelides had better learn, damn quick, how to rouse the interest of somnolent Democrats.