Reconnecting Politicians to the Citizenry
Letter to the Editor
You correctly describe how California's current campaign
financing works: "politicians shake down contributors and
pay them back with favors at the citizenry's expense."
Fortunately, there's now a better model. It's called
"clean-money campaigning." This requires a prospective
candidate to collect a large number of signatures,
accompanied by contributions of $5 each. These are
submitted to the state to qualify for public financing.
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