Public Financing

By Rachel Antell, Letter to the Editor

In the Times front page article "Families friendly to candidates," reporter Kate Folmar describes the way that very wealthy families are bundling campaign contributions in order to give tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars to all of the candidates for governor.

She is correct in asserting that the only solution to ending this flouting of election laws is with pure public financing of funding campaigns.

Fortunately, this solution is well within reach of Californians because there is a bill in the Legislature (AB583) that is modeled after very successful laws in the states of Arizona and Maine.

Voters in those states can elect state candidates who accept only public, or clean money, campaign financing. Those clean money candidates are then accountable only to the voters, not to big contributors. Now is the time to make clean money happen in California by visiting www.caclean.org, and sending a message to senators that they should pass AB583.

Rachel Antell

Oakland


See the article on Contra Costa Times website



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