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How you can help the Stop Prop 49 campaign.

Donate to the Stop Prop 49 committee

Vote No on 49

We welcome donations to the Stop Prop 49 campaign. Click here for instructions.

Other ways you can help the campaign:

  • Write a letter to your local paper(s). View a sample letter.
  • Respond to letters to the editor written by our opposition.
  • Monitor talk shows and call in to make sure our points are presented.
  • Tell everyone you know why YOU oppose Proposition 49.
  • Make sure the organizations you belong to complete our endorsement form.
  • Be sure to register and vote No on Proposition 49 on November 5!

How to make a donation

Checks should be made out to Stop Prop 49.

Please mail your check to:
Stop Prop 49
926 J Street, Suite 515
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you are an individual, please give your occupation and employer.

Contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Please contact us at or by phone (916-442-3236) if you have questions. We are not currently accepting donations through our Web site.

Stop Prop 49, a Committee against Proposition 49
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of California

FPPC Campaign I.D. #1248678

Sample letter to the editor

Note: Please adapt this letter to your own community and check your local paper's word limit for published letters.


Proposition 49 is a bad approach to a good cause. We support a variety of programs designed to give children safe, healthy places to go when they are not in school and programs that provide constructive activities for them.

But Proposition 49 would unfairly take one program with a powerful sponsor and give it funding off the top of the budget process every year. Even in tough economic times when it will take money away from more critical needs like health care, public safety and other school programs. Even if it requires taxes to be raised. Even if it isn't the best after school program or the one that best fits the needs of our community.

Needs and priorities change, and new proposals compete with old ones for funding in the annual budget process. But this program creates a permanent spending contract costing $550,000,000 each year, unless it is repealed by another state ballot measure. Is this fair?

If Prop 49 passes, others with the money or name recognition to mount an expensive ballot campaign will try the same ploy to protect their pet programs. Each time one succeeds, there will be less money available for other needs, making future budget battles in Sacramento even more formidable.

Stop Proposition 49.