Corporations Get What They Pay For

By Bill Walzer, Letter to the Editor

Rose Ann DeMoro's article (Op-Ed, May 24) deals with three major problems in California today: health care, budgeting and campaign financing.

It struck me that we will not solve the health care and state budget problems until we solve the campaign-finance problem. Currently, legislators must pay more attention to big-money lobbyists than to the public interest because it is the lobbyists who will pay for their next campaign.

Corporations contribute the most for campaigns in this state, so it should be no wonder that their tax rates are declining. When voters pay for campaigns they will get what they pay for: better education, health care and lower taxes.

We need to pass the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act.

Bill Walzer
Berkeley


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