Los Angeles Needs Clean Money

*Letter to the editor

By Trent Lange

The huge sums of money being given to candidates for mayor by contractors and developers with business in City Hall ("Race Brings Donor Issues to Fore," Aug. 8) show that a change is desperately needed. Our current partial public financing system of campaigns used to be the pride of the nation, but investigations by federal prosecutors into "pay to play" allegations at City Hall show that an obsolete system that requires candidates to get nearly 80% of their campaign funds from private sources is ripe for abuse.

Los Angeles and California need a full "clean money" public financing system instead. Candidates should be making news based on their stands on the issues, not on how much special-interest money they raise.

Trent Lange

Vice President, CaliforniaClean Money Campaign

Los Angeles

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