Price of Politics
Letter to the editor
Re "Political money talks - but gagging it could be worse," March 26: I was surprised to read the column by Dan Walters concerning a bill by Assemblywoman Loni Hancock proposing California clean money campaign legislation. I would like to believe that not all of our political representatives are corrupt, but there is no doubt in my mind that millions of dollars of special interest contributions have given us a corrupt government and is the major reason we are in a massive financial mess.
Our new governor said it right: "Money comes in, favors go out, the people lose."
Walters also neglected to state clean money laws have been very successful in Maine and Arizona. Clean money is optional for candidates.
If we want government to represent us, we need public financing. If not, we know who their constituents really are. Either way, citizens pay. Walters' solution would only bring us more corruption.
- Fred Winn, Placerville
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