More Campaign Finance Reform
The Times- Standard gave a short mention this morning to the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act, designated Prop 89 on the November ballot.
I haven't really looked too closely at this one yet but I'm sure I'll vote NO on it. I've said before I'm very skeptical of most so- called campaign finance reforms.
Our very own Chris Crawford is quoted saying he doesn't think financing campaigns is a proper function of government. I might agree with him there.
He also thinks government funding of campaigns will encourage more whackos to run for office. I'm not so sure of that as government funding of campaigns will more likely reduce the number of candidates allowed to run for office, as I see it. It would probably take much more effort to jump through the hoops to qualify for government funding than it takes now if you just raise your own money.
Local elections expert, Kaitlin Sopoci- Belknap, thinks publicly funded elections are a "great idea and a great systemic fix for our elections...".
I'll never understand how anyone, much less someone on the far left who thinks government and corporations are so intertwined, could think that putting government in charge of deciding who the candidates are and who gets the funding is going to reform our elections.