"A short saying oft contains much wisdom" -- Sophocles


"The governor and Legislature are not in charge of state government. Sacramento is owned by Indian gambling interests, and, to roughly the same extent, by prison guards."

Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2003

"Either the public buys the politicians or the private interests continue to. "

Los Angeles Times political columnist George Skelton

"I fail to understand why it's legal to try to buy an election. Each candidate should have the same amount of money to spend, and all of us ought to pay for it - not just people who are interested in having the president do something for them after he's elected."

Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes, 5/9/04

"Those clean-money plans have given new people a chance to enter politics without mortgaging their houses or their souls."

E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post columnist, 6/4/04

"Cleanly financed elections that bring more citizens into the political process as candidates, donors and organizers are vital to maintaining the health of American democracy. "

New York Times Editorial, 1/31/02

"Public financing is the best thing that has happened to politics and public-policy making in this state in decades. "

Arizona Daily Star Editorial on Arizona's Clean Election Act, 3/27/02

"[Clean Money] is a much needed response to the takeover of our political system by special interests that are not only driving Mack trucks through the loopholes in the existing laws, but also determining much of our national agenda."

Syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington

"The simple truth is that campaigning is expensive, and candidates will get the money someplace. Far better that the public, not special interests, put up the bucks."

USA Today Editorial, 2/28/02

"The Clean Elections system has removed big-money power-brokering from state elections, allowing candidates to bypass special interests. "

Arizona Daily Sun Editorial on Arizona's Clean Election Act, 3/27/02


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