Public Financing Gets My Yes Vote

By Brian Carr, Letter to the Editor

Sunnyvale City Councilman Christopher Moylan (Page 18a, Nov. 4) correctly states that public financing of political campaigns results in greater numbers and diversity of candidates. However, there are other equally important benefits of public financing.

First, ask any candidate or elected official how much time is devoted to fundraising. We have created a system that rewards candidates who raise the most money, and those who choose to spend their time on substantive issues do so at their own risk.

Second, it is naive to expect candidates to disregard the interests of those who fund their campaigns. If special interests finance campaigns, candidates will give those contributors special attention. It's just not that complicated.

Brian Carr
San Jose

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