It is hard to believe that this is the same governor who won the recall election because of his predecessor's excessive fund raising.
Schwarzenegger himself framed the problem in a nutshell back during the recall campaign: "Any of those kinds of real big, powerful special interests, if you take money from them, you owe them something."
So by now Schwarzenegger has learned that, under the current system, it is impossible to run an election campaign without taking money from deep-pocketed donors and then, of course, doing their bidding. It's the system, no matter who is running for governor.
California could have another system, one of full public financing of election campaigns, based on the systems now used in Maine and Arizona.
The Clean Money and Fair Elections Act, AB583, which has already passed the state Assembly and is now being considered in the Senate, is California's best bet to be freed from the shackles of special interests calling all the shots in Sacramento.
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