One of the funny things in running for statewide office in California is that if you want to take advantage of the 250 word ballot statement that comes with accepting the expenditure limits under Prop 34 you have to do it prior to the filing deadline.
So if you still are planning to run for statewide office or Board of Equalization and you did not file your ballot statement with the Secretary of State by February 17th then you missed an opportunity to pay $25 a word to get your message out to every member of your own party in the state. It also makes me wonder what happens if you place the ballot statement and then don’t actually file for office.
If you are interested in reading the statements they are available for public review until March 15th. Read them here.
After looking at these a couple things jump out.
1) Senator Barbara Boxer claims to be helping small businesses thrive. That is just crazy.
2) Ted Costa paid $25 to have a one word ballot statement get sent out in his campaign for State Controller —- www.tedcosta.com. He just listed his website and that is it. It seems that the green party candidates did the same.
3) Democrat candidate for Governor Nadia B. Smalley paid $150 to tell voters "AGENDA: MARUUANA LEGALIZATION, CREATE JOBS & EDUCATION." If you spell it MARUUANA that pretty much says it all.
4) Peace and Freedom candidate for US Senate wants to "provide free health care for everyone." she then goes on to say "Let’s decide what we need and use our country’s wealth to pay for it." She will never get my vote for anything.
Some of these statements are classics.
Also note that none of the major candidates for Governor have ballot statements because they have not accepted the expenditure limits.