Two separate initiatives, in 2006 and 2010, tried to overturn the ban and fell short. We always figured an initiative was our only option, because the legislative route requires 2/3 votes and no Republican legislator in CA in memory has ever voted for public financing. So that we were all able to get it done by getting five Republicans to vote for it still amazes me.
Many many thanks to all of you who worked to help us get this into law! Organizations that joined CCMC and Common Cause in actively working to pass SB 1107 included California Church Impact, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, California School Employees Association, CALPIRG, CARA, Courage Campaign, CREDO, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Every Voice, Friends of the Earth, GMO Free USA, League of Women Voters of California, Money Out Voters In, People Demanding Action, People For the American Way, Progressive Democrats of America, Sierra Club California, Represent.US, and Voices for Progress.
Here's the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/CAcleanmoney/posts/10154630676847276
There's plenty of work yet to be done in California, of course, including defending SB 1107 against likely court challenges and actually PASSING public financing systems now that the ban has been repealed -- not to mention other things like getting Prop 59, the Overturn Citizens United Act passed this November and finally passing the California DISCLOSE Act. But this was a crucial and heartening victory, and thanks again to everybody who helped make it happen!