A central attack of the tobacco industry on Proposition 56, the measure to increase cigarette taxes by $2 a pack, is about schools.
The tax hike, opponents say, keeps money out of the state’s education system, a point they’ve tried to hammer home through a television advertisement and political mailers, both featuring a Long Beach high school teacher criticizing the initiative. The tobacco companies even went to court to successfully sue over the official ballot summary to more explicitly detail the measure’s effect on school funding.
Tobacco companies have pumped more than $50 million into opposing Proposition 56, a November ballot measure that would increase the cigarette tax by $2 a pack. Prop. 56 follows failed attempts in 2006 and 2012 to raise the tax.
But it might seem surprising that the tobacco industry isn't spending much time in this campaign arguing that tobacco taxes, in general, are bad.
That's because a large swath of Californians like the idea of increasing the cigarette tax. It's only when presented with the details of specific measures -- the way the tobacco industry attacked in 2006 and 2012 and now how it's going after Prop. 56 -- that such support has eroded.
Hillary Clinton will come back to Los Angeles for what her fundraising team is billing as “one last event” on Oct. 13 — a solo concert with Elton John and a $33,400-per-ticket “final Los Angeles dinner.” Donors who give $100,000 are given “co-chair” designations and can attend a reception with Clinton and get premium dinner seating, according to an invitation obtained by The Times.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine also will raise money with a Corinne Bailey Rae concert at the home of Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Andrew Hauptman on Oct. 8.
The co-hosts are Joe Calabrese, Charles Hirschhorn and Daniel Weiss. Tickets start at $2,700. A $5,000 donation includes a photo with Kaine, and donors who give $33,400 per couple are dubbed a “changemaker” and get a photo and dinner with the Virginia senator.