Neutralize elections

By Nick Gleiter, Letter to the Editor

Re "Wealth often isn't the key to an office," Dec. 20

Implied in your headline is that money often is key to an office. When that is the case, democracy is not served.

Meg Whitman talks of having a $150-million campaign. That means I am going to be assaulted with Whitman commercials, direct mail and robotic phone calls. I already do not like her, and I have no idea what she stands for.

We want spirited debate and clear ideals to propel a candidate into office, and that will only happen if we neutralize big-money elections. The California Fair Elections Act on the ballot for June 2010 would do that for the office of Secretary of State. It would be a start, and hopefully would spread to the governor's race.

Nick Gleiter
Oakland


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