Clean Money Bill Improves Our Elections

By John Kabat, Letter to the Editor

The California Assembly passed the other day AB 583, the Clean Money bill, a bill that finally would eliminate the practice of accepting votes by our elected representatives from large donors and corporations.

In so doing, it will level the playing field for all qualified candidates who agree to accept public funding for political office.

It will enable incumbents to focus upon legislation rather than to spend inordinate amounts of time fund raising and toadying to wealthy special interest groups.

It will give the qualified little guy a chance to run for public office without the undue burden of affluence or owing allegiance to wealthy campaign contributors.

In essence, it will clean up the political morass of cronyism and corruption.

The public sector will have the opportunity to support a candidate through small donations of $5 per individual.

States such as Arizona, Maine and now Connecticut have all come on board with the Clean Money program with great successes.

This effort would be a no-brainer for those of us who are tired of political skullduggery and unfair elections.

However, to my great surprise, not one Republican assemblyperson voted for this bill. Now you can put your money where your mouth is and act to put forth deserving candidates of your choosing.

California has an opportunity to lead the nation and to revolutionize the way campaings are funded. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

Ask your senators to support AB 583. Get on board the Clean Money train.

John Kabat

San Ramon

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