New Attack, Same Story: Whitman Repeats Old Lies with New Pictures

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland– Republican Meg Whitman released the latest in her "Lie About Jerry Brown" TV campaign today, repeating claims that have been proven false by journalists and non-partisans like

"Meg Whitman has refused to tell the truth about Jerry Brown from the very beginning," said Brown Campaign Manager Steven Glazer. "From lies about assaulting an employee at eBay to false claims about how long she's lived in California to false statements about Jerry Brown, Whitman seems incapable of telling the truth."

Whitman's latest ad repeats the false claims that Jerry Brown raised taxes, that California lost jobs or that state employees gained excessive benefits. Whitman's ad offers no specifics and no support for those claims.

In fact, under Jerry Brown Californians saw their tax burden reduced by more than $16 Billion. He indexed the personal income tax, eliminated the business inventory tax and offered energy tax credits, as well as other tax-saving measures.

Under Brown, California created more than 1.9 million new jobs - including the job Meg Whitman moved to California to take in 1981.

And as Governor, Brown proposed limitations on pension benefits, and vetoed pay increases for state employees when he believed the state couldn't afford them.

"Meg Whitman should stop telling the same, sad lies and have a real conversation with Jerry Brown about the future of California," Glazer said. "The people of California deserve better."

Read the truth below or click here for PDF.

July 12, 2010 - Meg Whitman TV Ad: “Their Governor” - :30


Male Announcer:    Meg Whitman says she’ll run California like her company. 

Female Announcer:    Seen this attack on Meg Whitman?  Who are these people? They’re the unions and special interests behind Jerry Brown.  They want Jerry Brown because he won’t rock the boat in Sacramento.  He’ll be the same as he ever was.  High taxes.  Lost jobs.  Big pensions for state employees. The special interests have chosen their governor, how ‘bout you? 

CLAIM: “He’ll be the same as he ever was.”

TRUTH: IN HER LAST ATTACK AD, MEG WHITMAN ACCUSED JERRY BROWN OF CONSTANTLY REINVENTING HIMSELF.  Whitman’s last attack ad against Jerry Brown used Bill Clinton attacking Brown: “You know he reinvents himself every year or two.” But now she’s claiming he’ll be the same.  Meg Whitman can’t even be consistent in her attacks against Brown. [Meg Whitman TV Ad, “The Real Story,” 6/22/10]



  • BROWN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE. When first entering public office on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, Jerry Brown “swore to protest ‘every attempt to spend the taxpayers' money for any purpose not directly related to educating those students who want an education.’ ”  Chronicling Jerry Brown’s career, the American Conservative called him “much more of a fiscal conservative than Governor Reagan.”  [Rapoport, California Dreaming: The Political Odyssey of Pat & Jerry Brown, 1982; American Conservative, 11/09]


  • BROWN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA. Brown embraced and implemented Proposition 13 after it was passed by voters, and he has vowed not to raise taxes as governor unless they are approved by the voters of California. “In the final analysis, after he promised me he would do everything he could to make 13 work, which is what he had been doing for the five months since 13 passed, and when I knew Younger did not have a commitment to 13, I had to vote for Brown.  The most important guy when it comes to implementing 13 is the one who holds the office of Governor of California.” [Howard Jarvis, I’m Mad As Hell, 1985]


  • BROWN HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. “An early proponent of solar and other alternative energy and a champion of the environment, he has worked aggressively as attorney general to implement California's law to reduce global warming.” [Los Angeles Times, 6/9/10]


  • BROWN HAS ALWAYS PRACTICED PERSONAL FRUGALITY IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE. “The irony is that Brown was known at the time as a frugal governor. He declined to live in the governor's mansion and drove a shabby blue Plymouth.” Since becoming Attorney General in 2006, Brown has returned over $231 million to the State treasury.  Brown achieved these budget savings by freezing new hiring, eliminating nearly 800 positions, folding ten divisions into four, and Brown decreased in-state travel by 47%, out-of-state travel by 72%, and overtime by 29%. [Sacramento Bee, 4/24/10; California Department of Justice]

CLAIM: “High taxes.”

TRUTH: GOV. BROWN REDUCED THE TAX BURDEN ON CALIFORNIANS. During Brown’s tenure as governor, taxes per $100 of personal income decreased 4.8%.  In 1974, taxes per $100 of personal income were $6.89, and by the time Brown left office in 1983 these taxes were down to $6.56.  [Governor’s Budget Summary, 2009-10, Schedule 2]


Tax Relief Under Brown, 1975-82

Personal Income Tax Indexing

$5.058 Billion

Other Personal Income Tax

$3.322 Billion

Homeowners’ Exemption

$3.608 Billion

Business Inventory Tax

$2.654 Billion

Misc. Business Tax

$289 Million

Energy Credits

$163 Million

Open Space

$107 Million

Other Tax Programs

$549 Million


$15.75 BILLION
















[California Department of Finance, as cited in Economic Report of Governor 1981]

TRUTH: BROWN CUT PERSONAL INCOME TAXES BY MORE THAN $5 BILLION. Brown signed legislation in 1978 indexing personal income tax brackets to adjust for inflation.  Indexing abolished the automatic tax increase that comes when a cost-of-living raise puts a worker in a higher tax bracket.  Californians saved $5.058 BILLION in just four years from income tax indexing.  [AB 3802; California Department of Finance, Financial Research as cited in Economic Report of the Governor 1981]

TRUTH: BROWN ELIMINATED BUSINESS INVENTORY TAX. Brown eliminated the business inventory tax, saving businesses $2.654 BILLION over three years.  Brown signed legislation exempting all businesses from property taxes on their inventory.  Prior to this bill, businesses paid property taxes on 50% of their inventory value.  [AB 66, Statutes and Amendments to the Code, 1979; Time, 6/9/80; California Department of Finance, as cited in Economic Report of the Governor 1981]

TRUTH: BROWN CUT CAPITAL GAINS TAXES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. Brown cut capital gains taxes for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.  Capital gains taxes decreased on the sale or exchange of stock and capital assets for small businesses.  This bill assisted small businesses reinvesting in growth.  [SB 690; Los Angeles Times, 9/17/81] 

CLAIM: “Lost jobs.”

TRUTH: 1.9 MILLION NEW JOBS WERE CREATED IN CALIFORNIA WHEN JERRY BROWN WAS GOVERNOR – INCLUDING MEG WHITMAN’S JOB AT BAIN & CO. Under Governor Jerry Brown, California created more than 1.95 million new jobs.  Job growth in California during his tenure as governor was greater than the nation.  In 1981, Meg Whitman moved to California to take a job at Bain & Co., in San Francisco. [California Employment Development Department, accessed 4/6/10; San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 5/15/10]

CLAIM: “Big pensions for state employees.”

TRUTH: BROWN PROPOSED LIMITING PENSIONS. In his last proposed budget in 1982, Jerry Brown proposed capping state employee pensions at 70% of final compensation. The “retirement program would have as its goal, the provision of retirement benefits at 70 percent of final compensation with reduced contribution rates on the part of the State and State employees.” [Governor’s Budget 1982-83, 1/10/82]

TRUTH: GOV. DEUKMEJIAN SIGNED PENSION “SPIKING” BILL. Deukmejian allowed pension benefits to be based on the single highest year of compensation – not the average of the three highest years, as it was when Brown was governor.  Thirty-eight Republicans voted for the bill.  According to the conservative Pacific Research Institute, pension spiking costs the state an estimated $100 million per year.  [SB 2465, Journals of the Assembly and Senate, 1990; PRI, accessed 4/30/10]

TRUTH: BROWN VETOED PAY RAISES FOR FUTURE PENSION SAVINGS.  As governor, Jerry Brown avoided raising taxes by fighting salary increases California could not afford.  Brown vetoed two state employee pay raises which would have saved the state $434.6 million in 1978, not to mention future pension savings, but the Legislature voted to override both vetoes. Twenty-eight Republicans voted to override Brown’s 7% pay raise veto, and at least 28 Republicans voted to override the 14.5% pay raise veto. There were no salary increases for public employees during Brown’s last two years as governor.  [SB 91 (1979); SB 190 (1979); SB 2465 (1990); Governor’s Budget 2009-10 Budget Summary]

TRUTH: GOV. DEUKMEJIAN AND GOV. WILSON INCREASED SALARIES. In 1985 the Sacramento Bee wrote: “State employees have received increased wages and benefits in each of the three years of the Deukmejian administration, while there were no increases in the last two years of the Jerry Brown administration.”  In 1995, Wilson agreed to a $300 million pay raise for state employees.  [Sacramento Bee, 7/3/85; San Francisco Chronicle, 9/13/97]

TRUTH: STATE WORKFORCE BALLOONED UNDER SUBSEQUENT GOVERNORS. Brown decreased the number of state employees per 1,000 residents by 4.2%.   After Brown left office, California governors allowed the number of state employees to increase dramatically – attributing to the commensurate pension burden.  Starting Wilson’s term as governor, state employee growth rate began to exceed California’s population growth.  [Governor’s Budget 2009-10 Budget Summary, Schedule 6]

CLAIM: “The special interests have chosen their governor, how ‘bout you?”



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