Thursday, September 21, 2006

Playing dirty with ballot initiatives...


A Stealth Campaign for Deep Cuts in Social Services
t r u t h o u t Programming Note
Airdate: Friday, September 22, 2006, at 8:30 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings at

A stealth campaign for deep cuts in social services. This time on NOW.

In the voting booth this fall, voters in states across the country will find ballot initiatives with titles like "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights" and "SOS - Stop Over Spending." The aim is to slash state spending, including deep cuts in health care, education, and other social services. But are these local initiatives really "home" grown? On Friday September 22, at 8:30 pm, NOW investigates how one wealthy New Yorker is secretly providing major funding for these and other ballot measures way outside his neighborhood, in states across the country. NOW also takes a look at the questionable tactics used to put these issues on your ballot. Is someone manipulating your state's laws, your vote, and you? This time on NOW.

Note: Starting this Friday, the NOW website at will feature a state-by-state tool that will allow users to see the ballot initiatives they'll be facing in November and check how their states score on a campaign finance report card.


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