Molly Munger pulls ad critical of Jerry Brown's tax plan
"The ad that's been controversial is not going to be on the air, beginning tomorrow," Munger told a Sacramento television station Monday.
The decision to pull the ad came after a week that saw the backers of Munger and Brown’s tax measures spar over the tenor of their warring campaigns. Munger complained that the ads for Brown’s Proposition 30 were misleading, while the governor’s allies said Munger was sabotaging the chance of either measure passing with what they called a negative campaign.
Some of Munger’s strongest supporters, including the California PTA and state schools superintendent Tom Torlakson urged the Yes on 38 campaign to take the ad down.
Munger’s Proposition 38 would increase income taxes by about 20% on most state tax payers for 12 years, raising money for schools and to pay down state debt. Brown’s plan would temporarily increase levies on state sales and high-income earners to help balance the state’s books and prevent about $5 billion in public school cuts scheduled to go into effect if the measure fails.
-- Anthony York in Sacramento
Photo: Proposition 38 proponent Molly Munger. Credit: Damian Dovarganes /Associated Press