Backers – Mainly One Man – of Proposition 20 Hit the Mailbox

Through September 27, Charles T. Munger, a physicist who works at Stanford University’s Linear Accelerator, has contributed roughly $7.5 million to pass Proposition 20 and defeat Proposition 27.

Proposition 20 would vest the power over drawing legislative district lines for California’s congressional delegation in the hands of a citizen’s commission approved by voters as Proposition 11 in November 2008. At the moment, the commission is only charged with drawing the boundary lines for California’s 120 state legislators.

Proposition 27, backed by the state’s congressional delegation and some state legislators, would eliminate the commission and return district line drawing to the hands of lawmakers.

Below is the inside of a recent mailing that shows where a good chunk of Munger’s money has gone.

On the prussian blue cover of the six-page, 4 and 3/4th inches by 8 and 3/4th inches stiff paper mailing is a map of California showing some tortuously shaped legislative districts drawn by lawmakers in key population centers such as the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

“Politicians can ignore voters when they draw their own districts,” the white print headline above the map reads. Below the map recipients are urged to view the “compelling” documentary Gerrymandering, a DVD of which is  tucked into an inside sleeve of the mailer.

Opening it reveals this:


Flipping the right page reveals this:


Finally, the back page with the mailing address:


(Editor’s Note: This is a very expensive mailing by any standard, political or otherwise. The “compelling” documentary has yet to be viewed. Stay tuned.)


Filed under: Politics


  1. I didn’t get one of these mailings. Should I feel deprived? Or did they only go to few select voters – like maybe the declined to state voters?

    Comment by hutch — 9.30.2010 @ 5:05 pm

  2. I got one and I am one of those nasty Reeps.

    Comment by managementslug — 10.01.2010 @ 9:33 am

  3. Excellent DVD. It included some of the most compelling arguments. I felt it was fair in the description of party gerrymandering – not favoring either political parties. This should be used in schools and for new citizens.

    Comment by Gloria Hom — 10.01.2010 @ 9:54 am

  4. Does Hutch rime with Putz? With the Hummer Bummer run by Maria and Susan, Darrell by SEIU and Martin by the TEA party decline to state is an honor.

    Comment by Wally Webgas — 10.02.2010 @ 5:06 am

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment