Yes on Prop. 15
Most everyone agrees that there is too much money driving the political process. These aren't bribes, but how do you say "no" when a $10,000 donor makes a suggestion?
Several states - Arizona, Connecticut and Maine, and several cities - have already adopted the fair elections concept. Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act, will establish a test case for electing the secretary of state in 2014 and 2018, eliminating the need for candidates to raise money for their campaigns. Financing will instead come from a special fund created by charging an annual $350 fee on Sacramento lobbyists and their employees. No taxpayer or other public funds will be used.
In 1998, the better-funded candidates won 79 percent of the Arizona elections. In 2002, with fair elections in place, funding disparities were a factor in only 2 percent of races.
It's time California cleans up its act. This is a small first step. Vote yes on Prop. 15.
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