For Immediate Release

April 29, 1996

GREAT CALIFORNIA CON GAME STARTS NATIONAL TOUR

HIGH-STAKES SHELL GAME BEING PLAYED OUT WITH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SEATS AS THE CHIPS

The great California Con Game announced the start of its national tour. Ward Connerly and Pete Wilson, top spokespeople for the deceptive "California Civil Rights Initiative", are kicking-off the tour with an appearance in Washington, DC, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Pete Wilson is fixing the game so nobody wins. Wilson is being sued by a student newspaper for his under-handed attempts to circumvent the open meetings act and pass a ban on affirmative action in the UC System without due process. The suit claims that Wilson lined-up support from regents before the vote took place, a direct violation of the Bagley-Keene Act, which requires that such meetings take place in public.

His long-time buddy Ward Connerly is in this game and knows which shell to pick, and he’s selling this information to the highest bidder:

We have volunteers, everyday of this year who are out there trying to use their ‘connections’ to raise money for this University of California and they call up and say ‘Will you give me some special consideration on this’, we have to be very careful we’re not a bunch of purists about this and that we don’t cut off our nose to spite our face so we should not be stampeded into doing something that’s harmful to the university. KFI-AM, 4/17/96

"The CCRI campaign is a disgusting attempt to trick the people of California," said Pat Ewing, Campaign Manager. "Connerly and Wilson are sacrificing the women and people of color in California on the alter of big money and political paybacks."

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