Money always talks

By Tobi Dragert, Letter to the Editor

Once again, private campaign contributions influence public policy, as the City Council may not push Anschutz Entertainment Group to defray the public cost of the Michael Jackson memorial service.

I take issue with Councilwoman Jan Perry's claim that it's a "stupid way to think" that AEG owns Los Angeles. I think it would be stupid to assume AEG gets no payback for its huge donations to city politicians. Smart businesses don't invest in politicians unless there is a reasonable rate of return.

Assuming this scenario is but a microcosm of common practice on all levels of government, if citizens don't start demanding a public-financing option, then we get the government we deserve.

Tobi Dragert
Los Angeles

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