Ballot Statement Costs
When you get your Official Voter's Guide for the upcoming election, you may wonder why some candidates have no more than a few words in their ballot statements and some have none at all. This article in the Capitol Weekly News explains why.
I was surprised to learn this was one of the consequences of Prop. 34, a campaign finance reform initiative passed back in 2000. For the life of me I can't recall what Prop. 34 was about, but apparently part of it was that candidates that agree to some spending limits get to have a statement in the Official Voter Guide, at a cost. Those who don't agree to the spending limits, don't.
Seems a bit nutty to me but, whatever. I guess that's one of the reasons I'm, at best, skeptical of these so- called campaign finance reform laws. Of course, I'm not alone in that. The San Diego Union- Tribune ran an editorial today against Prop. 89, the up- coming clean money in politics initiative that will be on the ballot in November.
I'll be voting NO on Prop. 89, but I was voting NO on it even before I read the U-T editorial.