Prop 30 Opponents Launch Election Eve Scam Posing as Yes on 30 Committee

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Supporters of Prop 30 Decry Billionaires’ Deliberate Attempt to Deceive Voters As 2 New Polls Announce Prop 30 Leads

SACRAMENTO – In an Election eve dirty trick, the No on Proposition 30 campaign sent misleading texts on Sunday night to millions of voters statewide posing as the Yes on 30 campaign. The texts featured widely refuted attacks on Proposition 30 and claimed the message was paid for by the proponents of the clean air measure.

One text was sent to Republican voters, with whom Governor Newsom is extremely unpopular, but included a disclaimer stating Governor Newsom was FOR Prop 30 – not against it. Another was sent to voters not registered with any political party. Voters across the state reported receiving the text.

The texts were sent as two polls from USC and IGS show Proposition 30 leading by six percentage points.

The Yes on 30 campaign is filing a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission and called on Governor Newsom to publicly repudiate the election-eve dirty trick.

“Governor Newsom, who has poured millions into the No campaign along with 32 billionaires with the support of the California Republican Party, needs to repudiate this dirty trick and the FPPC should send a strong message that this type of last-minute misinformation cannot be tolerated,” says Denny Zane, founder of Move LA and one of the drafters of Proposition 30. “Opponents of this clean air measure have shown their willingness to mislead voters over and over again in this campaign.”

The text falsely claims that the measure was written by the rideshare company Lyft and that utility rates would increase if Proposition 30. It concludes “Paid for by Yes on 30. Top funders: Newsom for California 2022 & Michael Mortiz.”

Moritz is a Bay Area billionaire who has contributed $1.3 million to the No campaign.

The No on Prop 30 campaign has repeatedly misled voters. In August, a Sacramento Superior Court rejected false claims the billionaire-funded campaign tried to place in the official state Voter Guide.

A copy of one of the deceitful texts is below.