Letter to the Editor

By Marilyn Maxner, Letter to the Editor

Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, has introduced a bill, the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act (AB 583), that would set up a clean money system of public election funding in California. Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, is a co-sponsor, and hearings are planned for January. Recently in Connecticut, a Democrat-controlled Legislature passed a clean-money bill that the reform-minded Republican governor has pledged to sign. In Los Angeles, the City Council just voted unanimously to craft a clean-money proposal. Voters in six other states and two large cities have adopted public financing of campaigns.

Public financing makes politicians accountable to the electorate instead of big donors. Candidates who agree to accept public funding must demonstrate a minimum level of support by gathering a set number of voter signatures and $5 contributions from a specific number of voters. Elections become more about issues and less about raising money, creating more competition and encouraging more women and other first-time candidates to get involved. The League of Women Voters of the Monterey Peninsula supports AB 583 and urges all voters to learn more by visiting www.CAClean.org.

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