The EPIC plan was based on Sinclair's proposal that the state of California take over idle factories and farmland, which would then be run as cooperatives. The idea was to use these cooperatives to put the unemployed back to work. To run the cooperatives, Sinclair proposed the formation of an agency to be called the California Authority for Production. The proposal received widespread attention, and supporters formed EPIC clubs to promote it.
Sinclair's movement aroused the strong opposition of business leaders and Republicans in the state, while many moderate Democrats, who found Sinclair's proposals extreme, rallied around a third party candidate. The effort to stop Sinclair marked the birth of modern media politics including the use of ad agencies, attack ads, and professional campaign strategists.
Upton Sinclair received 879,537 votes, or 37% of the vote in the 1934 election. His Republican opponent won the election with 1,138,620 votes, or 48%. A third-party candidate took 13% of the vote.
I, Candidate for Governor, and How I Got Licked (1935), by Upton Sinclair (ISBN 0-520-08198-6)
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